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Section. 

Name i 

Objects 2 

MEMBERSHIP. 

Members for 1SS6 3 

Not More than One Club Member from any City 3 

Population of Eligible City 4 

Mode of Applying for Membership. . 5-6 

Election of Club Member 6 

Mode of Filling Vacancy in Club Membership 7 

Dues, Assessments, Fines, Etc . S 

Guarantee Fund (> 

Termination of League Club Membership 10 

" " Membership, How Enforced 11 

Membership of Umpire, Manager or Player 12 

Disqualified Persons, Secretary's Record and Notice.. . . 13 

OFFICERS. 

President, Election and Duties of 14 

Board of Directors, Election of 15 

Directors, Qualifications of 16 

Board of Directors, Duties of 17 

" " " Meetings of. 18 

" " " Reports of 19 

" " " Proceedings of, not to be Disclosed. . 20 

" " " Filling Vacancy in 21 

Secretary, how Elected 22 

" to be Treasurer 23 

" General Duties of 24 

" to Record and Report Violations of Rules and 

Regulations 25 

Secretary, Salary and Guaranties 26 

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4 INDEX TO THE CONSTITUTION 

LEA.GUE CLUB, UMPIRES, MANAGERS AND 

PLAYERS. 

Section. 

Club, Jurisdiction of its Affairs 27 

" " " Territory 28 

Restriction as to Games 28 

Contract with Manager or Player 29 

Player not under Contract, what Games he May Play in. 29 

Notice of Contract with Manager or Player 30 

Release from Contract, Notification of 31 

" •' " Effect of 32 

When Manager or Player may Engage with Another 

Club 33 

When Manager or Player becomes Ineligible 34 

Clubs Forbidden to Employ Disqualified Persons 35 

" " " Play Clubs Employing Disqualified 

Persons 36 

Manager or Player, when to Report Grievances 37 

" " " Cause of Expulsion of 38 

" " " " " Suspension of 39 

Umpire, Cause of Disqualification of. 40/ 

DISPUTES AND COMPLAINTS. 

Disputes between Clubs, how Adjudicated 41 

Complaint of Club against Manager or Player of another 
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Complaint of Reserved Player against the Club Reserv- 
ing him 43 

Complaint of Player under Contract against his Club. . . 44 

Appeal of Manager or Player 45 

When Director is Ineligible to Try a Case 46 

Expenses of Trials and Arbitrations 47 

Decision of Joint Arbitration Committee Final 48 

PLAYING RULES. 

When Enacted and Amended 49 

CHAMPIONSHIP. 

Championship to be Contended for yearly 50 

" Season 51 

" Games, What are 52 

" " Number of, in Series 53 

Tie, or Drawn Games, I low Played off. 53 

Home Club Entitled to Half of Series on its Grounds.... 54 

" "to Control Exhibition of Game 54 

" " to be Furnished Batting Order of Visiting 

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Section. 

Championship Schedule 55 

Schedule Date not to be Changed Except 55 

Admission to Championship Game, Price of. 56 

Correspondence Concerning Championship Games, by 

whom Conducted 57 

Receipts of Championship Games, Statement and Pay- 
ment of 58 

Admission to Championship Gaines, how Regulated.. . . 58 
League Gaines Forbidden Prior to Championship Season. 59 
Games between League and Non-League Clubs, Regula- 
tions Governing 60 

Games between League and Non-League Clubs, Divi- 
sion of Receipts (i,3) 60 

Games between League and Non-League Clubs, Penalty 

for Non-Payment (3,4) 6° 

Count of Forfeit Games 61 

Drawn, Tie, or Postponed Games not to Count but be 

Played off 62 

The Chamoion Club 63 

Emblem of Championship 64 

Mode of Deciding Championship 64 

ANNUAL MEETING. 

Time and Place 65 

Delegates and Visitors 66 

Special Meetings, how Called 67 

Quorum 68 

Order of Business 69 

AMENDMENTS. 

Amendments to Cor.stitution or Playing Rules (1) 70 

Suspension of Constitution (2) 70 



CONSTITUTION 



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NATIONAL LEAGUE. 



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Section i. This Association shall be called " The Na- 
tional League of Ppofessioxal Base Ball Clubs." 

objects. 

Sec. 2. The objects of this League are : 

i. To encourage, foster, and elevate the game of base ball ; 
to enact and enforce proper rules for the exhibition and conduct 
of the game, and to make base ball playing respectable and 
honorable. 

2. To protect and promote the mutual interests of profes- 
sional base ball clubs and professional base ball players, and, 

3. To establish and regulate the base ball championship of 
the United States. 

MEMBERSHIP. 

Sec. 3. This League shall consist of such professional 
base ball clubs as may from time to time be elected to mem- 
bership, but in no event shall there be more than one club from 
any city. 

Sec. 4. No club shall be admitted from any city whose 
population is less than seventy-five thousand (75,000), except 
by unanimous vote of *-he League. 

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Sec. 5. No club shall be admitted unless it shall first have 
delivered to the Secretary of the League, at least five days 
before the annual meeting, a written application for member- 
ship, signed by its President and Secretary, accompanied by 
documents showing that such club bears the name of the city 
in which it is located, and that it is regularly organized and 
officered, and, where the State Law permits it, chartered. 
Such application shall at once be transmitted by the Secretary 
to the President of the League, who shall forthwith refer it to 
a committee of three members of the Board of Directors, 
appointed by him, who shall immediately investigate and 
report upon said application ; said report to be communicated 
to the League through the Secretary. 

Sec. 6. The voting upon an application for membership 
shall be by white and black balls. Two black balls shall be 
sufficient to exclude the applicant, and no club shall be required 
under any circumstances to state how it voted upon such 
application. Such election shall take place at the annual meet- 
ing 01" the League: Provided, That should any eligible club 
desire to join the League after the adjournment of the annual 
meeting, it may make application in writing to the Secretary 
of the League, who shall at once communicate such applica- 
tion, together with any facts in his possession concerning such 
applicant, to the President of the League, who shall refer it to 
a special committee of the Board, as provided in Section 6; 
and upon receipt by the Secretary of the report of said com- 
mittee, he shall transmit such application and report to all 
League clubs, each of whom shall, within ten days, transmit one 
written ballot for or against the admission of such applicant, to 
the Secretary and if two adverse ballots be not cast, then the 
Secretary shall, upon receipt of the annual dues, notify such 
club of its election. 

Sec. 7. In case any League club shall forfeit its member- 
ship during the championship season, the Board of Directors 
may elect a non-League club to temporary membership in 
the League, which election shall entitle such temporary club 
member, without the payment of League club dues, to play all 
the championship schedule games remaining unplayed by the 
retired League club, upon the same terms and conditions as 
League clubs, except that such games shall not count ir. the 
championship series, and such temporary membership shall 
terminate at the next annual meeting of the League. 

DUES, ASSESSMENTS, FINES, ETC. 

Sec. 8. Every League club shall pay to the Secretary of 
the League on or before the first day of May of each year, the 
sum of one hundred dollars as annual dues; and on or before 



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the twenty-fifth day of each month of the championship season, 
such other sum as may be lawfully assessed for the payment of 
salaries of officers and umpires, and for such other expenses 
as may be incurred by order of the League, or of the Board 
of Directors. 

(2.) Upon conviction of any of the offences prescribed in 
Section 10, as causes for expulsion — the Board of Directors 
may, in the first instance, as a preliminary to, or in lieu of 
expulsion, impose such a fine as is in their judgment, commen- 
surate with the injury; which fine may include a penalty pay- 
able to any other League club or clubs, as an equivalent for 
damages, sustained for such violation of this Constitution or 
the legislation or contracts made in pursuance thereof. 



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Sec. 9 (1). Each club wtmtmrn 
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ci ub l n] iiwr(^w^B«ha elected to membership, shall within thirty 
days after official notice of such election — by its President or 
other chief executive officer — sign and affix its common seal to 
this Constitution as a covenant to fulfil all the obligations and 
requirements thereof, and of all legislation and contracts made 
in pursuance thereof. 

It shall at the same time execute and deliver unto the Presi- 
dent of the League, as Trustee^ for the other League Clubs, a 
bond with approved sureties in the p;nal sum of five thousand 
dollars ($5,000), co^i'ioned for the faithful performance of 
said Constitutional Covenants, and for the payment into the 
Guarantee Fund of the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000), . 
in annual instalments ot not less than one thousand ($1,000), OLtfJojuj 
payable during the month of Mav; any default to cause the 
forfeiture of said penal sum, and of all instalments previously 
paid into said fund. 

(2). The Guarantee Fund shall be invested by the Board 
of Directors in United States Government Bonds, or in such 
other interest bearing securities as the League in meeting shall 
direct. Said securities shall always be subject to the inspection 
of the League, or of its Auditing Committee appointed for the 
purpose. 

(3). The interest and income accruing from such securities 
shall, as soon as collected, be transferred into the treasury in 
aid of the current and contingent expenses of the League. 

(4). The principal of said fund shall, except as herejjiafi 
stated, be kept intact as a guarantee against *t»«f violation of 
the provisions of this Constitution, «■(! of the legislation and 
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(5). The failure of a club to pay into said fund, when due, 
any annual instalment of its contribution thereto, shall forfeit 
the full penal sum of its bond, and suit may at once be entered 
for the recovery of the same, or in lieu thereof, and in default 
of a collection of the same the Board of Directors, unless 
otherwise instructed by the League, may expel said club from 
membership in the manner prescribed in Section 11, when 
the instalment or instalments already paid shall be forfeited, 
converted into cash, and transferred into the treasury in aid 
of the current and contingent expenses of the League. 

(6). Upon the acceptance of the resignation of a club from £ 
membership, or upon the involuntary termination of such £ 
membership for "business reasons," as provided for in Section ^ 
10, said club shall be entitled to a return of its bond and of its 1 

entire conlribution to the Guarantee Fund (less all dues, assess- 5 
ments, and fines chargeable thereon), either in cash or, at the Q i 
option of the Board of Directors, in the securities in which the ' 

said cash may then be invested. _ < 

(7). Upon thirty days' default by a club— after due notice « 
by the Secretary — in its payment of dues, assessments, or ■v 
fines imposed in pursuance of this Constitution, the Board of ^J 
Directors shall declare forfeited an equivalent amount of said I V m 
club's contribution to the Guarantee Fund, which equiva- ^) 
lent amount, together with such additional fine for said default ^^ 
— as may be imposed by said Board — shall be repaid within - ^ , 
three months thereafter, under penalty of forfeiture of the bond S 
of said club and of its entire contribution to said fund and of its g 
expulsion from membership, Provided, That nothing herein t;^ 
contained shall be construed to prohibit a collection by suit on ^S. 
said bond, either before or after expulsion, of any unpaid in-- U 
stalments of said club's contribution to the said fund requisite }C„^ 
to satisfy and liquidate all arrears of said dues, assessments ■ 
and fines. 

(8). Upon a club's expulsion from membership^ its entire 
contribution to the Guarantee Fund shall be forfeited, and suit 
may be instituted on its bond for all unpaid instalments 
thereof. 

Sec. 10. The membership of any League Club may be ter- 
minated. 

(1). By resignation duly accepted by a majority vote of all 
the League Clubs in meeting duly convened. If not so 
accepted such resignation shall be void, and as if never 
tendered. 

(2). By an adverse vote of two-thirds of the remaining 
League Clubs in meeting duly convened, when, for business 
reasons, such membership shall no longer be desirable. 



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"(3). By expulsion in the manner prescribed in Section II, 
forfailure to sign the Constitution and deliver the bond and 
pay its coutiiliuliUTi to the Guarantee Fund as prescribed in 
Section 9; or 

Failure to pay the visiting club the amount due under the 
provisions o£ Section 58 of this Constitution. 

Failure to present its nine at the time and place agreed 
upon to play any championship game unless caused by un- 
avoidable accident in traveling; or 

Selling or allowing to be sold upon its ground or in any 
building owned or occupied by it during the championship 
season, any spirituous, vinous or malt liquors; or 

Allowing open betting or pool selling upon its grounds, or 
in any building owned or occupied by it;, or 

Playing any game of ball with a club that is disqu ililied or 
ineligible under this Constitution or the National Agreeme it 
of Professional Bise Ball Clubs; or 

Offering, agreeing, conspiring, or attempting to lose any 
game of ball, or failing to immediately expel any player who 
shall be proven guilty of offering, agreeing, conspiring or at- 
tempting to lose any game of ball, or of being interested in any 
pool or wager thereon ; or 

Taking part in any game of ball on Sunday ,'< 
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Disbandment of its organization or nine; or 

Failing or refusing to fulfill its contractual obligations with 
the other League clubs; or 

Falling or refu-ing to comply with anyLwful requ rement 
of the B >ard of Directors; or 

Wilfully violating any provision of this Constitution, or the 
Legislation or Playing Rules made in pursuance thereof. 

Sec. it. To carry into effect the provisions of Sections 9 
and 10 of this C mstitution, the facts in any case covered by 
such sections must be reported to the Secretary of the League, 
who shall at once telegraph the party charged with the speci- 
fied default or offense, inquiring whether any dispute exists as 
to the facts alleged. In case the facts are disputed, the Board 
shall, after due notice, try the case under such regulations as 
they may prescribe, and their findings shall be final and con- 
clusive on all parties except in case of expulsion, when such 
finding shall be forwarded to each League club, which shall 
transmit to the Secretary written ballots, "For Expulsion," or 
"Against Expulsion;" and if two-thirds of all League clubs 
vote "For Expulsion," the Secretary shall notify all League 




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clubs of the forfeiture of membership of the party charged ; 
and every club shall, on or after the receipt of such notice, 
govern its intercourse with such expelled member by the pro- 
hibitions and penalties prescribed by this Constitution. 

Sec. 12. The umpires, managers and players employed by 
the clubs belonging to this League shall be considered and 
treated as members hereof to the extent of being always 
amenable to the provisions of this Constitution, and entitled to 
all its privileges in matters of dispute, grievance or discipline, 
as provided in this Constitution. 

(2.) Any umpire, manager or player, having forfeited mem- 
bership, shall not be readmitted, except by unanimous vote of 
the League. 

Sec. 13. A list to be designated -'the black list," shall be 
kept by the Secretary of the names of any persons who may 
be declared, by an affirmative vote of five League clubs, at any 
regular or special meeting, to be unworthy of service in the 
League, as umpire, manager or player, and any person so 
named shall 1 e disqualifi d for employment by, or service in 
any League club, until his name be removed from such list by 
unanimous vote of all League clubs at a regular or special 
meeting. (See paragraphs 4, 7 and 12 of League contract.) 
The Secretary shall immediately notify all League clubs of 
any name placed upon or removed from such list of disqualified 
persons. 

OFFICERS. 

Sec. 14. At its annual meeiing the League shall elect a 
President by ballot. The President shall be ex officio chairman 
of the Board of Directors. He shall preside at all the meet- 
ings of the League, and shall call special meetings of the 
League when he may deem it necessary, or when thereto re- 
quested by half of the clubs of the League. 

Should the office of President become vacant by death, res- 
ignation, or removal, the Board of Directors shall within thirty 
days elect a President. 

Sec. 15. The affairs of this League shall be conducted and 
controlled by five Directors, who shall constitute "The Board," 
and who shall consist of the President and four members, to 
be chosen at the annual meeting, in the following manner: 
The name of each club, except that of which the President is 
a member, shall be plainly written upon a card, in full view of 
the delegates present, by the Secretary; the cards to be of the 
same size, shape, color and material. The cards shall then be 
placed in some suitable receptacle, and well shaken together; 
thereupon four of these cards shall be drawn successively, and 
at random, and one delegate from each of the four clubs whose 
names are so drawn, shall, with the President, compose the 



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Board, and if any club whose name is thus drawn be repre- 
sented by two delegates, such delegates shall nameone of their 
number to be a member of the Board: Provided, That at any 
time after the adjournment of the annual League meeting, any 
League club represented on the Board may substitute another 
representative; such substitution to be attested by written notice 
to the Secretary, signed by the President of the League club, 
and, upon the receipt of such notice by the Secretary, such 
substitution shall take effect, and the Secretary shall thereup >n 
notify all League clubs. 

Sec. 16. No person shall be qualified to act as Director who 
is not an actual member of the club he represents; nor shall 
any club, under any circumstances, be represented by more 
than one person on the Board. 

Sec. 17. The Board shall have the general supervision and 
management of all the affairs and business of the League, and 
shall be individually answerable to the League for the faithful 
discharge of their trust. 

Sec. 18. The Board sball meet annually on the morning of 
the third Wednesday in November at nine o'clock, at the place 
where the annual meeting of the League is to be held, but may 
hold special meetings whenever urgent necessity may require. 

Sec. 19. The Board shall prepare a detailed report of all 
their doings, and present the •same, in writing, to the League, 
at its annual meeting, which report shall, if accepted, be filed 
with the Secretary, together with all official papers, documents 
and property which may have come into their possession by 
virtue of their office. 

Sec. 20. Any Director who shall disclose or publish any of 
the proceedings of the Board, except officially through the 
report of the Board, or when called upon by vote of the League, 
shall forfeit his office. 

Sec. 31. In case of a vacancy in the Board by reason of the 
death, resignation, absence, or disqualification of any Director, 
the club of which he was a member at the time he was chosen 
shall designate his successor, and at once notify the Secretary. 
But if such vacancy is caused by the withdrawal, disbanding or 
disqualification of a club represented on the Board, the Board 
may fill the vacancy by election in the same manner as pro- 
vided for the election ot Directors in Section 15. 

Sec. 22. The Board shall elect a gentleman of intelligence, 
honesty and good repute, who is versed in base ball matters, 
but who is not in any manner connected with the press, and 
who is not a member of any professional base ball club, either 
in or out of the League, to be tne Secretary of the Board and of 
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Sec. 23. The Secretary shall be the Treasurer of the League, 
and as such shall be the custodian of all funds of the League, 
receive all dues, fees and assessments, make such payments as 
shall be ordered by the Board, or by the vote of the League, 
and render annually a report of his accounts, and shall give 
such bond with approved sureties as the Board may require. 

Sec. 24. The Secretary shall have the custody and care of 
the official records and papers of the League; shall keep a true 
record of all meetings of the League and the Board, shall issue 
all official notices and attend to the necessary correspondence; 
he shall prepare and furnish such reports as may be called for 
by the Board, and shall be entitled to such books, stationery, 
blanks and materials as the actual duties of his office may 
require. 

Sec. 25. The Secretary shall keep a record of all infractions 
of the rules and regulations of the League that may come to 
his notice, and shall (except in cases covered by Sections 11 
and 13) make a report on the same to the President, who shall 
present it to the Board at its next meeting. 

Sec. 26. The Secretary shall receive such salary as the 
Board, by vote, shall determine, and shall be reimbursed for all 
traveling expenses actually incurred by him in the service of 
the League; and the Board may exact from him such guaran- 
tees for the faithful performance of his duties as they may 
deem for the interest and safety of the League. At the expira- 
tion of his term of office, he shall account for and deliver up to 
the Board all the property and papers which may have come 
into his hands by virtue of his office. 

LEAGUE CLUBS, UMPIRES, MANAGERS AND PLAYERS. 

Sec. 27. Each club belonging to this League shall have 
the right to regulate its own affairs, to make its own contracts, 
to establish its own rules, and to discipline, punish, suspend, or 
expel its own manager, players or other employes, and these 
powers shall not be limited to cases of dishonest play or open 
insubordination, but shall include all questions of carelessness, 
indifference, or other conduct of the player that may be 
regarded by the club as prejudicial to its interests: Provided, 
That all club regulations must be made subordinate to and in 
conformity with the general regulations established by this 
League, and no club shall prescribe any rule or regulation in 
conflict with any provision of this Constitution, or the Playing 
Rules. (See also League contract.) 

Sec. 28. Every club member of this League shall have ex- 
elusive control of the city in which it is located, and of the ter- 
ritory surrounding such city, to the extent of four miles in 



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every direction from its corporate limits, ami no visiting Lea. ne 
club shall, uruler any circumstances — except w th the consent 
of the local League club, until all League championship games 
on that ground shall have been finished, be allowed to play any 
club in such territory other than the League club therein 
located, nor shall a visiting League club play anv game in 
April with any non-League club within the corporate limits of 
the city in which the League club is located, without the con- 
sent of the local League club. 

Sec. 29. An agreement may be made between a club and a 
manager or player for services by the manager or player, and 
compensation therefor by the. club, by telegram or other 
writing, and notice of such agreement may be sent by telegraph 
to the Secretary of the League, specifying the term of service 
agreed upon, and the Secretary shall, immediately upon the 
receipt of such notice notify all League clubs and all Associa. 
tions, parties to the ''National Agreement of Professional Base 
Ball Associations," that the said club has contracted with the 
said player for the period specified, and the contract thus made 
and promulgated shall be valid and binding upon all. Provided, 
That within thirty days from the date of making such agree- 
ment, the club and the player shall further evidence such agree- 
ment by the execution of a contract in the form prescribed by 
the League (see League contract), and the Secretary of the 
League shall, upon application, furnish each League club a 
suitable supply of the printed forms of contract adopted by the 
League, and in the event that the said player shall refuse, 
within the said thirty days, to sign the said formal League 
contract, the said club shall notify the Secretary, who shall at 
once place the name of said player on the "Black List," and 
the player shall thereupon become disqualified, and the Secre- 
tary shall issue notice of such disqualification as provided in 
Section 13 of this Constitution. 

No player, not under one of the two forms of contract speci- 
fied in this Section, shall be eligible to play in a League game, 
except that in case a player shall meet with an accident, or be 
expelled by his club, any player who is not otherwise disquali- 
fied, under the provisions of this Constitution, may take the 
placeof such expelled or injured player; but such player shall 
not be eligible to play for more than five championship games 
in the nine of such club, without the contract and notice thereof 
required by this Section, or Section 30. 

Sec. 30. It shall be the further duty of a club within ten 
days after it shall have entered into a formal League contract 
with a manager or player, to transmit said contract to the Sec- 
retary of the League. If the Secretary shall find the contract 
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it his certificate to that effect, together with the date of its 
receipt by him, and at once return it to the contracting club. 
The Secretary shall also enter upon his records the names of 
the contracting club, and manager or player, and immediately 
notify all other League clubs of such contract, unless the notice 
specified in Section 29 has already been issued. In no case 
shall the Secretary give such certificate, or give notice of such 
contract, unless it comply, in all respects, with the form of 
contract adopted by the League, and no such contract shall be 
regarded as valid or binding until it bears the Secretary's cer- 
tificate as herein provided. 

Sec. 31. Any player while under contract with a League 
club, who shall, without the consent of such club, agree to enter 
the service of anv other club after the expiration of such con- 
tract, shall be liable to expulsion by said League club. When- 
ever a club releases a manager or player without notice, or 
gives him ten days' notice of release in accordance with para- 
graphs 15 or 20 of the League contract, and whenever it sus- 
pends or expels a manager or player, that club shall at once 
notify the Secretary, staling in case of release, the date when 
the same takes effect, and in case of suspension or expulsion, 
the cause thereof, and the Secretary shall at once notify all 
other clubs of the League. 

Sec 32. Releases of players from contract or reservation, 
and future contracts with such players, shall be regulated and 
governed by the National Agreement of professional base ball 
clubs and the League legislation made in pursuance thereof. 

Sec. 33. A manager or player, whose contract has become 
void by reason of his club's disbanding, withdrawing from or 
losing its membership in the League, may engage for the re- 
mainder of the season with any other club immediately after 
the League Secretary's notice of such disbandment, withdrawal, 
or loss of membership. 

Sec. 34. No manager or player who ha? been suspended or 
expelled from a League club, or suspended by the League un- 
der the provisions of Section 13 of this Constitution, shall, at 
any time thereafter, be allowed to play with or serve any 
League club (either the one expelling him or any other), unless 
the term of suspension by the club has expired, or upon hisap- 
peal to the Board, such suspension or expulsion shall have been 
set aside, or, in any case under Section 13 his name shall have 
been removed from the black list by unanimous vote of the 
League, as provided in said section. 

Sec. 35. No club shall employ as umpire, manager, scorer, 
or player, any person who has wilfully violated any provision 
of this Constitution, or of the Playing Rules, or who has been 



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expelled from any club belonging to this League, or who shall 

be disqualified from playing with a club under any provision of /-, 

this Constitution. 

Sec. 36. No game of ball shall be played between a Leag 
club and any other club that has been expelled from member- -^ 
slvp in this League. No game of ball shall be played between ^ 
a League club and any other club employing or presenting '* 
its nine a player expelled or under suspension from the Leagt 
or otherwise rendered ineligible by the National Agreeme 
the legislation made in pursuance thereof. dK 

Sec. 37. Any manager or player who may consider himself ' ^ 
aggrieved or injured by any act of his club, or of any officer, $ 
agent or employe thereof, shall make his complaint thereof to \ 
the President of the club when the club "nine" is at home. ii 
Any manager or player, under contract with a League club, 
who shall, without the written consent of such club, leave its ^"Y 
service, or who shall be proven guilty of offering, agreeing, con- ^^ 
spiring, or attempting to lose any game of ball, or of being in- 
terested in any pool or wager thereon, shali be at once expelled 
by such club 

Sec. 38. Any manager or player under contract with a 
League club, whose name shall be placed upon the black list 
provided for in Section 13 of this Constitution, in the manner 
therein provided, shall, immediately upon receipt by such club 
of the Secretary's notice of such action, be discharged by such 
club from its service. (See paragraphs 4, 7 and 12 of the 
League contract.) 

Sec. 39. Any person under contract with a League c!ub,"*\<} #^^ 
who shall be guilty of drunkenness, gambling In any form, in- ■'""oXi""' 
subordination, or of any dishonorable or disreputable conduct j ^^ 
excerjt_the offences requiring expulsion, specified in Section ^5 C? 
37) maybasuspended by such club for the remaindt r of the* 3 r 
playing season, or for the rema'"- 
suing playing season, at the < 
■In! 1 (jnjj J tn tnl.i uj„ni 1111 1 
Te~League shall have powe& to inflict a line not pxceprlinof— ■) 

20 (see If 0, Leag ue_ Con't).J ^And during tlie'period of said 

"Suspension, such person shall be disqualified from playing in or 

against or serving any League club: Provided, That the club 

having made the suspension shall not have power to rescind it, 

jar to curtail its dur ation 

Sec. 40. Any person who shall be proven guilty of offering, 
agreeing, conspiring or attempting to cause any game of ball 
to result otherwise than on its merits under the Playing Rules, 
or who, while acting as umpire, shall violate any provision of 
the Constitution, or of the Playing Rules adopted hereunder, 




ich club tor the remaindt r ot tne g "P 

mainder of that and all of the en- ^j r^5 

: option of such clufrJr III uiiijl Oil 5 ^i 

1 nf S'trh nffiinrr ".liir President of 
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LEAGUE CONSTITUTION. 



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may be forever disqualified by the President of the League 
from acting as umpire of any game of ball participated in by a 
League club. 

DISPUTES AND COMPLAINTS. 



^ 



Section 4t/-The Board of Directors shall be the sole tri- 
bunal to determine disputes between clubs; the facts to be sub- 
milted, and the dispute adjudicated under such regulations as 
the Board shall prescribe in each case. The finding of the 
Board shall be final, and under no circumstances shall be re- 
considered, re-opened, or inquired into, either by the League or 
any subsequent Board. 

Sec. 4i.~~The Board shall at once consider any complaint 
preferred by a club against a manager or player of another club 
(prior to the expiration of the championship season) for con- 
duct in violation of any provision of this Constitution, or pre- 
judicial to the good repute of the game of base ball, and shall 
have power to require the club to which such manager or 
player may belong, to discipline him, and, upon repetition of 
such offense, to expel him : Provided, That such complaint 
be preferred in writing, giving such particulars as may enable 
the Board to ascertain all the facts, and be transmitted to the 
Secretary, by whom it shall at once be referred to the Board. 

Sec. 4JL In case a player under reserve for the ensuing 
season by any League club, shall prefer a complaint, in writ- 
ing, to the Secretary of the League, against said club, alleging: 

1. That such club is in arrears to him on account of his con- 
tract for the current season, or 

2. That he has offered to enter into contract with such club 
for the ensuing season at a compensation of one thousand dol- 
lars for seven months' service, but that the said club has de- 
clined either to enter into such contract, or to release him from 
reservation, the Secretary shall at once transmit to the said 
club a copy of such complaint and require an answer thereto. 
On receipt of such answer, or, if one week shall have elapsed 
without the receipt of an answer, the Secretary shall refer the 
papers in the case to the Chairman of the Board. The Board 
shall thereupon try the case under such regulations as they 
may prescribe, and should they find the player's complaints 
sustained by the facts they shall release the player from reser- 
vation and instruct the Secretary of the League to issue notice 
of such release, in like manner as if the player had been vol- 
untarily released by the club. The Board" shall also, should 
they find the club in arrears to the player, require the club, un- 
der penalty of forfeiture of its membership, to pay to the plav- 
er, within ten days, the full amount ascertained to be due him. 

Sec. */♦/ In case a player under contract with a League club 



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shall prefer a complaint, in writing, to the Secretary of the 
League, against such club, alleging that such club is in arrears 
to him on account of such contract, the Secretary shall act in 
the matter as provided in the preceding Section, and should 
the Board find the player's complaint sustained, they shall re- 
quire the club, under penalty of forfeiture of its membership, 
to pay to the player, within ten days, the full amount ascer. 
tained to be due him : Provided, That should the player re- 
fuse to serve the club pending action by the Board on his com- 
plaint, he will thereby forfeit the benefits of the award, and, in 
such case, the Board shall revoke his award. 

Sec. 4p The Board shall also be the sole tribunal for the 
hearing of an appeal made by any person who shall have been 
expelled or suspended by his club. The matter shall be pro- 
ceeded with in the tollowing manner: Such person shall, 
within thirty days after the date of the expulsion or suspension 
file with the Secretary a written statement of his defense 
accompanied by a request that an appeal be allowed him. The 
Secretary shall notify the club of the request for an appeal, 
accompanying such-notice with a copy of tjie appeal, and, at 
the next annual meeting, the club, by its duly authorized repre- 
sentative, and the appellant in person, by attorney, or by written 
statement, shall appear before the Board with their testimony. 
The Board shall impartially hear the matter and render their 
decision, which shall be final and forever binding on both club 
and player. 

Sec. 4Q No director shall sit in the trial of a cause in which 
his club is interested. 

Sec. §li Any expenses of trials or arbitrations shall be 
borne equally by the parties to the controversy. 

SECdf. In all disputes, complaints or questions arising under 
" The National Agreement of Professional B. B. Associations, " 
between this League and any other association of clubs, party 
to such agreement, or between any club of this League and 
any club of any other association, parly to such agreement, 
the adjudication thereof shall be left entirely to the joint 
Board of Arbitration provided for by such agreement, and 
this League will comply with, and be bound by the award, find- 
ings, or verdict of such Board in any such case, so long as 
this League continues a parly to such " National Agreement." 

Sec. J|§««" J rhe League, at its annual meeting, shall adopt a 
code otPlaying Rules, which shall continue in force subject 
only to such alterations or amendments as may be made at 
subsequent annual meetings of the League. 

~ CHAMPIONSHIP. 

Section Ja The Championship of the United States, estab- 



LEAGUE CONSTITUTION. 

lished by this League, shall be contended for yearly by 
clubs composing this League. -f tjjj 

Sec. $t/- The championship season nwly extend from t in Wfc )pM 

o f October, and 
the chanif 
du\ing tl\ cham\jonshi\ season :\ Provided, ThatVf the ist 





da 

begfl 

Sunda 

Sec. 5& Every game played between two clubs from the ^ 
commencement of the championship season to the completion *^ t^ 
of the championship series between such clubs, shall be a game v ^S 
for the championship, and no League club shall lend or — — * 
exchange players, to or with each other, for any game played 
during the championship season. 

Sec. 5jj Each club shall play eighteen championship games 
(and no more) with every other club: Provided, however, that 
if any game be prevented by rain, or if a tie or drawn game be 
played, the visiting club shall play off such tie or drawn game 
or games prevented by rain, on the first succeeding day (not 
counting Sundays, days previously agreed upon for champion- 
ship games between said clubs, or days when rain renders 
playing impossible) within the dates of the same schedule 
series between such clubs, if any remain open ; and if not, such Sj ^ 
game may be played off on any open date betwVb an y two * 
series on the same grounds: Provided, That if Bucjay) 'ame be V 
due on the completion of the first schedule series bpjckecfi.two § 
clubs, and be not played off until the next scheduh a'lcuu be- , 
tween such clubs on the same grounds, it shall be played off on ^J 
the first open date of such series, if there be any. ' 3 

Sec. $2. Each club shall have half of the championship ^5^ 
series or games with every other club played on its own ^ 
grounds; and in all thedetailsof such games that do not involve ^ 
the rights of the visiting club under the Playing Rules, but 
relate solely to such games as attractive exhibitions to the - &C 
patrons of the home club, and the visiting club shall furnish to « 
a person designated by the home club the batting order of its fv > 
nine by io o'clock on the morning of the day of each game. In <^r^ 
case of the failure of any visiting club to furnish the batting ^ * 
order of its nine as herein stipulated, it shall forfeit the sum of ^sj 
$io, which amount shall be immediately transmitted to ^J 
the Secretary of the League upon the receipt of notice from 
him of the infliction of such fine, which notice shall be given *5S 
by the Secretary upon receipt of complaint from the home club. ^ «; 

It shall be the duty of the home club to furnish the manager 3 ( 
and captain of the visiting club with a list of the batting <-£ \ 



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order before the commencement of the game. The visiting 
club shall have the right to practice its nine on the grounds of 
the home club between n and 12 o'clock A. M., on each day 
of its visit during the championship season. 

Sec. 55T All championship games shall be arranged for in 
writing, and so as to complete the championship series by the 
expiration of the championship season. Such written arrange- 
ment shall be made by such method as the League shall direct, 
before the beginning of the championship season, and shall 
consist of a schedule and agreement relating thereto, which 
agreement shall be sighed by every League club, and the I «. ' £ 
schedule and agreement filed with the Secretary of the League, .5 ^> 
and a copy thereof, bearing his certificate as to its correctness, ^5>S >0 
furnished by the Secretary to every League club. The sched- ^ _s' 
ule shall provide for an equal number of return games, and >» >o 
specify the date of each game, and the dates of each series of » ^j 
games. No date in said schedule shall subsequently be changed, " <(i 
except (1) by written agreement of two clubs, from a date , \~r 
fixed by the schedule for a game between such clubs to another ^b ^. 
day between the first and last date of the same schedule series '^ u 
between such clubs; or (2) as provided in Section 55; or (3) by «j -i 
the written consent of all the League clubs. c\ J? 

Sec. 5$. The price of admission to championship games ^J yi 
shall be fifty cents for each adult person, - a53^ no~Tiii5u u y- oT~ J 
tirrTtn pij rf I'm nln i i l inn hull l i r r n fnnrlprl la n "y •""" in "•hirh 
th e gai ; ^.' intrrrupttrl by rnin 

In correspondence between clubs, all letters and 
"•C, concerning umpires, dates, and other matters per- 
taining to championship games, to a club at home, must be ad- 
dressed to, and answered by its President, or by an officer of 
such club designated by its President to act for him in such 
matters, the Secretary of the League to be notified of such des- 
ignation. If such communication be made by another club 
when at home, they must be addressed by, and answered to its 
President or his representative as above provided; and if the 
corresponding club be absent from home, they must be ad- 
dressed by and answered to its manager. 

Sec. gS At the conclusion of e^rcTTcTuyripionship j 
Hmne~club shall deliveXto the manager tsjf the visitifl 
(arid shaU transmit by rfflail to the visiting alub a duplifl 
the same)\a statement of tVe receipts of said\game, and 
pay to theVuthorized agenY of such visiting llub the su» 
fifteen (15) qents for each arWl every person admitted to ' 
grounds to fitness such gam\or any part thereof, or adr 
to the grounds for any other purpose during, onprior to su 
game, or the ftour appointed thwejor, excepting Only_players 



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LEAGUE CONSTITUTION. 



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^testing ^lubs, poricemen 
the Home club.\ *ff 
The numfler ot persons admitted to the gr< 
termined bj nie use of the necassary number 
turnstiles, thelkeys of which sjiall be deliver 
of the visitinglclub before the oVening of tl 
game: and saw agent of the viliting club sha! 
to affix a seal t\ the register, or \ox, of such turn 
box of such tunVtile shall not bevemoved until 




and in cage a carriage gate 



necessary 

nds shall be de- 
self-registering 
to the agent 
unds for each 
the right 
, and the 
the close 
is^used, a 
at once 



O 



■s 



w 



* 



of the seventh M 

ticket for each persXi admitted tlvrohgh_such gate sha 

be delivered to the agent of the visiting club. 

Sec.j^x- No game shall be played between League 
clubs before the commencement of the championship series. 

Sec. 60? No game shall be played between- any League 
club and any non-League club, or picked nine, upon the 
grounds of any League club, from the commencement to the 
completion of ihe championship series upon such grounds, ex- 
cept that any extra players of the Home club may so play while 
$ the Home club is absent from the city. No game shall be ar- 
ranged or played between any League and non-League clubs, 
i or picked nines, for or upon any "off days" of the champion- 
5 ship series, except as above provided, and upon the following 
J express conditions: 

q^ i. If a League championship game be prevented by rain or 
(j unavoidable accident on the day ^not counting Sunday) preced- 
es ing the day agreed upon for such non-League or picked-nine 
"K game, then the latter shall be declared off, so as to allow the 
^3 League clubs to play the championship game on that day, 

t2. All such games shall be played under such rules, with 
such ball and such umpire, as may b; mutually agreed upon 
. fby the League club and the non-League club. 
?r~"VV- The non-League, club shall, unless otherwise agreed by 
$ letrer, telegram or other writing, pay the League club imme- 
diately upon the termination of play, without reference to the 
number of innings played, the sum of one hundred dollars or 
one-half the gross receipts of such game, in case the gross re- 
ceipts shall exceed two hundred dollars; and it is to be dis- 
»* tinctly understood that the "gross receipts" include all revenue 
J derived from the exhibition, whether taken at regular or car- 
S riage gates, or for admission to grounds, grand stands, or to 
5 other special privileges of the grounds; also that the visiting 
*v club shall have sole control of all gates, and of all entrances to 
grand stands, or other special ground privileges for which 

r extra fees are charged. And the non-League club shall pay the 
League club fifty dollars in every case where a League club 



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shall present its nine in the city or town of such non-League 
club, prepared to play at the time appointed for such game, and 
the game be prevented by rain, or by any cause other than the 
refusal bv such League club to play such game. In the event 
of the refusal or failure of any non-League club to pay the sum, 
or sums, due, as stipulated, the League club shall at once tele- 
graph such fact to the secretary of the League, who shall forth- 
with notify all other League clubs by telegraph; and no 
League club shall thereafter play such defaulting club until 
the full amount due be paid the League club, which League 
club shall in case of such payment, noiify the Secreta-y, and 
he the other league clubs, by telegraph. 

4. In an v case not covered by the first condition specified 
in this section, a League club having agreed to play a non- 
League club upon the grounds of the latter, and failing to pre- 
sent its nine in the city or town of such non-League club, pre- 
pared to play at the time appointed for such game, the League 
club shal pay the non- League club the sum of fifty dollars or 
such other sum as may have been mutually agreed upon, as 
the penalty of such default. 

Sec. 61^. A club shall be entitled to forfeited games — to count 
in its series as games won by a score of nine runs to none — in 
cases where the umpire in any championship game shall 
award the game to such club on account of the violation by 
the contesting club of any playing rule of this League; and, 
in the event of said forfeiture being caused by the withdrawal 
of the players during the progress of the game, then the club 
so withdrawing its players shall incur a penalty of three 
hundred dollars, which shall be payable to the Secretary of the 
League within ten days thereafter. 

Sec. 6g~ Drawn, tie, and postponed games shall not count 
in the series as games (but any games 01 not less than five in- 
nings shall be included in the averag es'), but must be played off. 
if possible, as provided in Section jw£ If they cannot be played 
off as therein provided, they may suDsequently be played off, if 
sufficient lime exists before the close of the season. 



d 



Sec. 6^ The club which shall have won the greatest per- 
centage of games in the championship series, shall be declared 
the champion club of the United States for the season in which 
such games were played. In the event that two or more clubs 
shall have won the same percentage of games, then the Board 
shall at once arrange a special series of three games between 
any two of such clubs, such games to be played in the month 
of'Octobcr, and the games so played shall be included in the 
championship record, and counted in determining the award of 
the championship. In such case only the provisions of this 



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LEAGUE CONSTITUTION. 23 

Constitution prohibiting the playing or recording as cham- 
pionship games, games played after the expiration of the cham- 
pionship season, shall have no effect. 

The emblem of the championship shall be a pennant (of 
the national colors), to cost not less than one hundred dollars 
($ioo). It shall be inscribed with the motto, "Champion Base 
Ball Club of the United States," with the name of the club and 
the year in which the litle was won, and the champion club 
shall be entitled to fly the pennant until the close of the ensu- 
ing season. 

Sec. 6"3. The championship shall be decided in the follow- 
ing manlier: 

RULES AND REGULATIONS. 



RULE. 

The Ground. * 

The Infield 2 

The Bases 3 

The Foul Lines 4 

The Pitcher's Lines ' 5 

"At the close of theTseason, the Secretary shall prepare a tab- 
ular statement of the games won and lost'by each club, accord- 
ing to the statements so sent him (which statements shall be 
the sole evidence in the matter), and submit the same, with the 
statements so sent him, to the Board, who shall make the 
award in writing, and report the same to the League at its an- 
nual meeting. In making the award the Board shall consider: 

1. The tabular statement of the Secretary. 

2. Forfeited games. 

3. Games participated in by clubs which have withdrawn, 
disbanded, or forfeited their membership without completing 
their championship series with all other League clubs; 
such games shall be counted to the following extent: The 
Board nhall ascertain the least number of championship games 
played by such club with any club remaining in the League, 
and shall, from the first game participated in during the cham- 
pionship season, by such retired club, count in the series of 
each League club a similar number of games, and all other 
games participated in by such retired club shall not be counted 
in the championship series : Provided, That if such retired 
club shall have failed to play at least one championship game 
with every League club, all games participated in by it shall be 
thrown out entirely. 



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LEAGUE CONSTITUTION. 



ANNUAL MEETING. 

Section 6$~ The annual meeting of the League shall be 
held on the third Wednesday in November of each year, at 
twelve o'clock noon, and at such place as shall have been deter- 
mined by vole at the previous annual meeting. 

Sec. 6(f At such meeting each club shall be represented, 
and_ shall be entitled to two representatives, and to have, in 
addition thereto, any of its officers or ex-officers present at such 
meeting; but no club shall be permitted to send as a represen- 
itiye any person under contract or engagement as a ball 



"pjayer; and belonging to the nine of such club in said capacity ; 
4. In any case not covered by the~'nrsrc'6naY(.ft/u^Spte?? r . v 
in this section, a League club having agreed to play a non- 
League club upon the grounds o£ Ihe latter, and failing to pre- 
sents nine in the city or town of such non-League club, pre- 
pared to play at the time appointed for such game, the League 
club shal pay the non- League club the sum of fifty dollars or 
such other sum as may have been mutually agreed upon, as 
the penalty of such default. 

Sec. 6lL A club shall be entitled to forfeited games— to count 
in its series as games won by a score of nine runs to none— in 
cases where the umpire in any championship game shall 
„,..„ r ^ iv,«» o-ame to such club on account of the violation by 

1. Reading minutes ot last meeting. 

2. Report of Board of Directors. 

3. Reports of special committees. 

4. Election of new members. 

5. Amendment of Constitution. 

6. Amendment of Playing Rules. 

7. Election of officers. 

8. Miscellaneous business. 

9. Adjournment. 
AMENDMENTS. 



Section 



(1.) The Constitution oF^kryfcgrjtCTSs of 



this League may be altered or amended by a two-thirds vote of 
the League at any annual meeting, or by a unanimous vote at 
any other time. 

(2). Any Section of this Constitution may be suspended or 
its provisions made non-applicable by unanimous vote at a 
League meeting. 



INDEX TO PLAYING KUI.ES. 25 



insriDEx: 



— TO- 



RULES AND REGULATIONS. 



RULE. 

The Ground i 

The Infield 2 

The Bases 3 

The Foul Lines 4 

The Pitcher's Lines ' 5 

The Catcher's Lines 6 

The Captain's Lines 7 

The Players' Lines 8 

The Players' Bench 9 

The Batsman's Lines , 10 

The Three Feet Lines 11 

The Lines Must be Marked 13 

The Ball...-. 13 

of what composed (1) 13 

furnished by Home Club (2) 13 

replaced if injured (3) 13 

" " lost (4) 13 

The Bat 14 

FIELD RULES. 

Open Betting and Pool Selling Prohibited 15 

SaleofLiquor Prohibited 16 

No Person Allowed on Field During Game 17 

Players not to Sit with Spectators 18 

Penalty for Insulting Umpire 19 

Penalty for not Keeping Field Clear 20 

Restriction as to Addressing Audience 21 



20 INDEX TO PLAYING RULES. 

THE PLAYERS AND THEIR POSITIONS. 

RULE. 

Nine Players on each Side 22 

Players' Positions 23 

in the Field (1) 23 

at the Bat (2) 23 

Order of Batting (3) 23 

Restriction as to Occupying Catcher's Lines (4) 23 

DEFINITIONS. 

A High Ball 24 

A Low Ball 25 

A High or Low Ball 26 

A Fair Ball • 27 

An Unfair Ball ' 2S 

A Balk 29 

A Dead Ball 30 

A Block 31 

A Fair Hit 32-34 

A Foul Hit 33-34 

A Strike 35 

A Foul Strike 36 

"Play" 37 

Time" 38 

"Game" 39 

An Inning 40 

ATimeatBat 41 

Legal or Legally 4a 

THE GAME. 

Number of Innings 43 

Drawn Game 44 

Forfeited Game 45 

"No Game" 46 

Substitute, when Allowed 47 

Choice of First Innings 4S 

When Umpire Must Call "Play" 49 

Game Must Begin when " Play " is Called 49 

When Umpire May Suspend Play 49 

" " " Terminate Game 49 

Rain, effect of, in Terminating Game (4) 43 



3 



" Definition of. 49 

" Umpire's Duty in Case of. 49 

Batsman Must Call for Ball He Wants $0 



INDEX TO PLAYING KULES. 27 

RULE. 

What Umpire Must Count and Call 50 

When Batsman is Out 51 

" " becomes Base-Runner 52 

Base-Runner must touch Bases In Order 53 

" " when entitled to hold Base 53 

" ' " " take one Base 54 

" " " required to return to Base 55 

No Substitute Allowed for Base-Runner 56 

When Base-Runner is Out 57 

When Umpire shall, without appeal, declare player "Out" 58 

When Ball is not in Play until Returned to Pitcher 59 

Block, effect of. 60 

Run, when to be Scored 61 

Fines on Pitcher 62 

" " any Player 63 (4,) 68, 69 

Player not to Address Umpire 63 

•' " " Audience 21 

" " use Improper Language (4) 68 

" to Obey Umpire's Orders (4) 68 

THE UMPIRE. 

Selection of Umpire 64 

Disqualification of Umpire (3) 64 

Removal of Umpire (4) 64 

Duties as to Materials of Game (1) 65 

" " Ground Rules (1) 65 

« " Reversal of Decision (2) 65 

Changing Umpire-during Game 66 

Expulsion of Umpire 67 

Umpire's Jurisdiction and Powers 68 

Umpire to give Notice of Fine (5,) (6) 68 

" " " " Forfeited Game (6) 68 

Special Penalties 69 

Scoring Regulations 70 

CONSTRUCTION AND AMENDMENTS. 

Construction of Rules 71 

Amendment of Rules •• 7 J 



PLAYING RULES 



— OF THE — 



NATIONAL LEAGUE 

— OF— 

Professional Base Ball Clubs-, 

' 1886. 



ADOPTED IN PURSUANCE OF SECTION 51 OF 
THE LEAGUE CONSTITUTION. 

CLASS I. 

THE MATERIALS OF THE GAME. 

Rule I. The Ground must be an inclosed field, sufficient in 
size to enable each player to play in his position as required by 
these R.ule». 

Rule 2. The Infield must be a space of ground thirty yards 
square. 

Rule 3. The Bases must be 

(1) Four in number, and designated as First Base, Second 
Base, Third Base and Home Base. 

(2) The Home Base must be of white rubber or while stone, 
twelve inches square, so fixed in the ground as to be even with 
the surface, and so placed in the corner of the infield that two 
of its sides will form part of the boundaries of said infield. 

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PLAYING HULKS. 29 

(3) The First, Second and Third Bases must be canvas bags, 
fifteen inches square, painted white, and filled with some soft 
material, and so placed that the center of each shall be upon a 
separate coiner of the infield, the First Base at the right, the 
Second Base opposite, and the Third Base at the left of the 
Home Base. 

(4) All the Bases must be securely fastened in their posi- 
tions, and so placed as to be distinctly seen by the Umpire. 

Rule 4. The Foul Lines must be drawn in straight lines 
from the outer corner of the Home Base, through the center of 
the positions of First and Third Bases, to the boundaries of the 
Ground. 

Rule 5. The Pitcher's Lines must be straight lines forming 
the boundaries of a space of ground, in the infield, seven feet long 
by four feet wide, distant fifty feet from the center of the Home 
Base, and so placed that the six feet lines would each be two 
feet distant from and parallel with a straight line passing 
through the center of the Home and Second Bases. Each cor- 
ner of this space must be marked by a flat iron' plate or stone, 
six inches square, fixed in the ground, even with the surface. 

Rule 6. The Catcher's Lines must be drawn from the outer 
corner of the Home Base, in continuation of the I 1 oul Lines, 
straight to the limits of the Ground back of the Home Base. 

Rule 7. The Captain's Lines must be drawn from the 
Catcher's Lines to the Limits of the Ground, fifteen feet from 
and parallel with the Foul lines. 

Rule 8. The Players' Lines must be drawn from the Catch- 
er's Lines to the limits of the Ground, fifty feet from and par- 
allel with the Foul Lines. 

Rule 9. The Players' Benches must be furnished by the 
home club, and placed upon a portion of the ground outside 
the Players' Lines. They must be twelve feet in length, and 
immovably fastened to the ground. At the end of each bench 
must be immovably fixed a bat-rack, with fixtures for holding 
twenty bats; one such rack must be designated for the ex- 
clusive use of the Visiting Club, and the other for the exclusive 
use of the Home Club. 

Rule 10. The Batsman' Lines must be straight lines form- 
ing the boundaries of a space on the right, and of a similar 
space on the left of the Home Base, six feet long by three feet 
wide extending three feet in front of and three feet behind the 
center ot the Home Base, and with its nearest line distant six 
inches from the Home Base. 

Rule ii. The Three Feet Lines must be drawn as follows: 
From a point on the Foul Line from Home Base to First 
Base, and equally distant from such bases, shall be drawn a line 



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PLAYING RULES. 



on Foul Ground, at a right angle to said Foul Line, and to a 
point three feet distant from it ; thence running parallel with 
said Foul Line, to a point three feet distant from the center of 
the First Base; thence in a straight line to the center of the 
First Base, and thence upon the Foul Line to the point of 
beginning. 

Rule 12. The lines designated in Rules 4, 5,6,7,8, 10 and 
1 1 must be marked with chalk or other suitable material, so as 
to be distinctly seen by the Umpire. They must all be so 
marked their entire length, except the Captain's and Players' 
Lines, which must be so marked for a distance of at least thirty- 
five yards from the Catcher's Lines, or to the limits of the 
grounds. 

Rule 13. The Ball. 

(1) Must not weigh less than five nor more than five and 
one-quarter ounces avoirdupois, and measure not less than nine 
nor more than nine and one-quarter Inches in circumference. 
It must be composed of woolen yarn, and contain not more 
than one ounce of vulcanized rubber in moum *»<■<. and be 
covered with leather. It must be furnished by the Secretary of 
the League, whose seal shall be final evidence of the legality of 
the ball. 

(2) In all games the ball or balls played with shall be fur- 
nished by the Home Club, and become the property of the win- 
ning club. 

(3) Should the ball become out of shape, or cut or ripped so 
as to expose the yarn, or in any way so injured as to be unfit 
for fair use in the opinion of the Umpire, on being appealed to 
by either Captain, a new ball shall at once be called for by the 
Umpire. 

(4) Should the ball be knocked outside of the inclosure or 
lost during the game, the umpire shall at once call for another 
ball. 

Rule 14. The Bat. 

(1) Must be made wholly of wood, except that the handle 
may be wound with twine, or a granulated substance applied, 
not to exceed eighteen inches from the end. 

(2) It must be round, except that a portion of the surface 
may be flat on one side, must not exceed two ana one-half 
inches in diameter in the thickest part, and mum n«i exceed 
forty-two inches in length. 



CLASS II. 

FIELD RULES. 



Rule 15. No Club shall allow open betting or pool selling 
upon its grounds, nor in any building owned or occupied by it 



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Rule 16. No Club shall sell or allow to be sold upon its 
grounds, nor in any building owned or occupied by it, any 
spirituous, vinous or malt liquors. 

Rule 17. No person shall be allowed upon any part of the 
field during the progress of the game, in addition to the nine 
players and managt r on each side and the umpire, except such offi- 
cers of the law as may be present in uniform to preserve the peace. 

Rule 18. Players in uniform shall not be permitted to seat 
themselves among the spectators. 

Rule 19. The umpire is the sole judge of play, and is 
entitled to the respect of the spectators, and any person offer- 
ing any insult or indignity to him, must be promptly ejected 
from the grounds. 

Rule 20. Every Club shall furnish sufficient police force 
upon its own grounds to preserve order, and in the event of a 
crowd entering the field during the progress of a game, and 
interfering with the play in any manner, the Visiting Club 
may refuse to play further until the field be cleared. If the 
ground be not cleared within fifteen minutes thereafter, the 
Visiting Club may claim, and shall be entitled to, the game 
by a score of nine runs to none (no matter what number of 
innings have been played). • 

Rule 21. No Umpire, Manager, Captain or Player shall 
address the audience during the progress of a game, except in 
case of necessary exolanation. 

CLASS III. 

THE PLAYERS AND THEIR POSITIONS. 

Rule 22. The Players of each club, in a match game, shall 
be nine in number, one of whom shall be the Captain 
Rule 23. The Players' 1 Positions shall be 

(1) When in the field (designated " Fielders " in these 
Rules) such as may be assigned them by their Captain, except 
that the Pitcher must take his position within the Pitcher s 
Lines, as defined in Rule 5. 

(2) When their side goes to the bat they must immediately 
seat themselves upon the Players' Bench, and remain thereun- 
til the side is put out, except when batsman or base-runner. All 
bais not in use must be kept in the bat racks, and the two play- 
ers next succeeding the Batsman, in the order in which they 
are named on the Score, must be ready with bat in hand to 
promptly take position as batsman : Provided, That the Cap- 
tain, and one assistant only, may occupy the space between the 
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(3) The Batsmen must take their positions within the Bats- 
man's Lines, as defined in Rule 10, in the order in which they 
are named on the Score, which must contain the batting order 
of both nines and must he followed, except in case of disability 
of a player, in which case the substitute must take the place of 
the disabled player in the batting order. 

(4) No player of the side at bat, exceft when Batsman, shall 
occupy any portion of the space within the Catcher's Lines as 
defined in Rule 6. 

CLASS IV. 

DEFINITIONS. 



Rule 24. A High Ball is a ball legally delivered by the 
Pitcher, over the Home Base, higher than the belt of the Bats- 
man, but not higher than his shoulder. 

Rule 25. A Lovj Ball is a ball legally delivered by the 
Pitcher, over the Home Base, not higher than the Batsman's 
belt, nor lower than his knee. 

Rule 26. A High of Lo-w Ball is a ball legally delivered 
by the Pitcher, over the Home Base, not higher than the Bats- 
man's shoulder, nor lower than his knee. 

Rule 27. A Fair Ball is a ball delivered by the Pitcher 
while standing wholly within the lines of his position, and 
facing the batsman, the ball, so delivered, to pass over the home 
base, and at the height called for by the batsman. 

Rule 28. An Unfair Ball is a ball delivered by the Pitcher 
as in Rule 27, except that tjie ball does not pass over the Home 
Base, or does not pass over the Home Base at the height called 
for by the Batsman. 

Rule 29. A Balk is 

(1) If the Pitcher, when about to deliver the ball to the bat, 
while standing within the lines of his position, make any one 
of the series of motions he habitually makes in so delivering 
the ball to the bat, without delivering it 

(2) If the ball be held by the Pitcher so long as to delay the 
game unnecessarily ; or, 

(3) If delivered to the bat by the Pitcher when any part of 
his person is upon ground outside the lines of his position. 

Rule 30. A Dead Ball is a ball delivered to the bat by the 
Pitcher, that touches the Batsman's bat, without being struck 
at, or any part of the Batsman's person while standing in his 
position, without being struck at, or any part of the Umpire's 
person, without first passing the Catcher. 



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Rule 31 . A Block is a batted or thrown ball that is stopped 
or handled by any person not engaged in the game. 

Rule 32. A Fair Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman, 
standing in his position, that first touches the ground, the First 
Base, the Third Base, the part of the person of a player, or any 
other object that is in front of or on cither of the Foui Lines, 
or (exception) batted directly to the ground by the Batsman, 
standing in his position, that (whether it first touches Foul or 
Fair Ground) bounds or rolls within the Foul Lines, between 
Hon-? and First, or Home and Third Bases, without first 
touching the person of a player. 

Rule 33. A Foul Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman, 
stanuing in his position, that first touches the ground, the part 
of the person 01 a player, or any other object that is behind 
either of the Foul Lines, or that strikes the person of such 
Batsman, while standing in his position, or {exception) batted 
directly to the ground by the Batsman, standing in his positson, 
that (whether it first touches Foul or Fair Ground) bounds or 
rolls outside the Foul Lines, between Home and First, or 
Home and Third Bases, without first touching the person of a 
player 

Rule 34. When a hatted ball passes outside the g ounds, 
the Umpire shall decide it fair should it disappear within, or 
foul should it disapper outside of the range of the foul lines, 
and Ru es 32 and 33 are 10 be construed accordingly. 

Rule 35. A Strike is 

(1) A ball struck at by the Batsman without its touching 
his bat; or, 

(2; A ball lega'Iy delivered by the Pitcher at the height 
called tor by the Batsman, and over the Home Base, but not 
struck at by the Batsman. 

Rule 36. A Foul Strike is a ball batted by the Batsman 
when any part of his person is upon ground outside the lines 
of the Batsman's position. 

Rule 37. Play is the order of the Umpire to begin the 
game, or to resume play after its suspension. 

Rule 38. Time is the order of the Umpire to suspend play. 
Such suspension must not extend beyond the day of the game. 

Rule 39. Game is the announcement by the Umpire that 
the game is terminated. 

Rule 40. An Inning is the turn at bat of the nine players 
representing a Club in a game, and is completed when three of 
such players have been put out as provided in these Rules. 

Rule 41. A time at bat is the term at bat of a batsman. It 
begins when he takes his position, and continues until he is 
put out, or becomes a base runner. 

Rule 4.2. Legal, or Legally, signifies as required by there 
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CLASS V. 



THE GAME. 

Rule 43. A Game shall consist ot nine innings to each con- 
testing nine, except that: 

(1) If the side first at bat scores less runs in nine innings 
than the other side has scored in eight innings, the game shall 
then terminate. 

(2) If the side last at bat in the ninth innings scores the 
winning run before the third man is out, the game shall then 
terminate. 

(3) If the score be a tie at th end of nine innings to each 
side, play shall only be continued until the side first at bat shall 
have scored one or more runs than the other side, in an equal 
number of innings; or until the other side shall score one more 
run than the side first at bat. 

(4) If the Umpire calls " Game " on account of darkness or 
rain at any time after five innings have been completed by 
both sides, the score shall be that of the last equal innings 

^played, unless the side second at bat shall have scored one or 
more runs than the side first at bat, in which case the score of 
•the game shall be the total number of runs made. 

Rule 44. A Drawn Game shall be declared by the Umpire 

•when he terminates a game, on account of darkness or rain, 
after five equal innings have been played, if the score at the 
time is equal on the last even innings played; but (exception) 

■ if the side that went second to bat is then at the bat, and has 
scored the same number of runs as the other side, the Umpire 
shall declare the game drawn, without regard to the score of 

ithe last equal innings. 

>. Rule 45. A Forfeited Game shall be declared by the Um- 
pire, in favor of the Club not in fault, in the following cases: 

(1) If the nine of a club fail to appear upon the field, or, be- 
ing upon the Field, fail to begin the game within five minutes 
after the Umpire has called " Play " at the hour appointed for 
the beginning of the game. 

(2) If, after the game has begun, one side refuses or fails to 
continue playing, unless such game has been suspended or 
terminated by the Umpire. 

(3) If, after play has been suspended by the Umpire, one 
side fails to resume playing within fiTe minutes after the Um- 
pire has called " Play." 

(4) If, in the opinion of the Umpire, any one of these Rules 
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Rule 46. "No Game" shall be declared by the Umr/.... ,, 
he shall terminate play, on account of rain or darkness, before 
five innings on each side are completed. 

Rule 47. A Substitute shall not be allowed to take the 
place of any player in a game, unless such player be disabled in 
the game then being played, by reason of illness or injury. 

Rule 48. The Choice oj First Innings shall be determined 
by the two Captains. 

Rule 49. The Umpire must call " Play " at the hour ap- 
pointed for beginning a game. The game must begin when 
the Umpire calls "Play." When he calls "Time," play shall 
be suspended until he calls " Play " again, and during the in- 
terim no player shall be put out, base be run, or run be scored. 
The Umpire shall suspend play only for an accident to himself, 
or a player; (but in case of accident to a Fielder, Time shall 
not be called until the ball be returned to, and held by the 
Pitcher, standing in his position); or in case rain falls so 
heavily that the spectators are compelled, by the severity of 
the storm, to seek shelter, in which case he shall note the time 
of suspension, and, should such rain continue to fall thirty min- 
utes thereafter, he shall terminate the game. The Umpire shall 
also declare every " Dead Ball," " Block," " Foul Hit," " Foul 
Strike," and " Balk." 

Rule 50. The Batsman, on taking his position, must call for 
a "High Ball," a "Low Ball," or a " High or Low Ball," 
and the Umpire shall notify the Pitcher to deliver the ball as 
required; such call shall not be changed after the first ball de- 
livered. The Umpire shall count and call every " Unfair Ball " 
delivered by the Pitcher, and every " Dead Ball," if also an 
" Unfair Ball," as a "Ball;" and he shall also count and call 
every "Strike." Neither a " Ball " nor a " Strike " shall be 
called or counted until the ball has passed the Home Base. 

Rule 51. The Batsman is out: 

(1) If he fails to take his position at the bat in his order of 
batting, unless the error be discovered, and the proper Bats- 
man takes his position before a fair hit has been made, and in 
such case the balls and strikes called will be counted in the 
time at bat of the proper Batsman. 

(2) If he fails to take his position within one minute after 
the Umpire has called for the Batsman. 

(3) If he makes a Foul Hit, and the ball be momentarily 
held by a fielder before touching the ground, provided it be not 
caught in a fielder's hat or cap, or touch some object other than 
the fielder before being caught. 

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(5) If he plainly attempts to hinder the Catcher from field- 
ing the ball, evidently without effort to make a fail hit. 
Rule 52. The Batsman becomes a Base Runner 

(1) Instantly after he makes a Fair Hit. 

(2) Instantly after seven Balls have been called by the Umpire. 

(3) Instantly after three Strikes have been declared by the 
Umpire. 

Rule 53. The Base-Runner must touch each Base in regular 
order, viz: First, Second, Third and Home Bases, and when 
obliged to return, must do so on the run, and must retouch the 
base or bases in reverse order. He shall only be considered as 
holding a base after touching it, and shall then be entitled to 
hold such base until he has legally touched the next base in 
order, or has been legally forced to vacate it for a succeeding 
Base Runner. 

Rule 54. The Base Runner shall be entitled, ■without being 
fut out, to take one Base, provided he do so on the run, in the 
following cases: ' 

(1) If, while he was Batsman, the Umpire called six Balls- 

(2) If the Umpire awards a succeeding Batsman abase on 
six balls, and the Base Runner is thereby forced to vacate 
the base held by him. 

(3) If the Umpire calls a Balk. 

(4; If a ball delivered by the Pitcher pass the Catcher and 
touch any fence or building within ninety feet of the Home Base. 

(5) If he be prevented from making a base by the obstruc- 
tion of an adversary. 

(6) If the fielder stop or catch a batted ball with his hat or 
any part of his dress. 

Rule 55. The Base Runner shall return to his Base, and 
shall be entitled to so return without being put out, provided 
he do so on the run. 

(1) If the Umpire declares a Foul Hit, and the ball be not 
legally caught by a Fielder. 

(2) If the Umpire declares a Foul Strike. 

(3) If the Umpire declares a Dead Ball, unless it be also 
the sixth Unfair Ball, and he be thereby forced to take the next 
base, as provided in Rule 54 (2). 

Rule 56. The Base Runner shall not have a substitute run 
for him. 

Rule 57. The Base Runner is out : 

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while Batsman, and the Catcher fails to catch the third- strike 
ball, he plainly attempts to hinder the Catcher from fielding 
tne ball. 

(2) If, having made a Fair Hit while Batsman, such fair-hit 
ball be momentarily held by a Fielder, before touching the 
ground or any object other than a Fielder: Provided, It be not 
caught in the Fielder's hat or cap. 

(3) If, when the Umpire lias declared three Strikes on him 
while Batsman, the third strike ball be momentarily held by a 
Fielder before touching the ground: Provided, It be not 
caught in a Fielder's hat or cap, or touch some object other 
than a Fielder before being caught. 

(4) If, after three Strikes or a Fair Hit, he be touched with 
the ball in the hand of a Fielder before such Base Runner 
touches First Base. 

(5) If, after three Strikes or a Fair Hit, the ball be securely 
held by a Fielder, while touching First Base with any part of 
his person, before such Base Runner touches First Base. 

(6) If, in running the last half of the distance from Home 
Base to First Base, he runs outside the Three Feet Lines, as 
denned in Rule 11, except that he must do so if necessary to 
avoid a Fielder attempting to field a batted ball, and in such 
else shall not be declared out. 

(7) If, in running from First to Second Base, from Second 
to Third Base, or from Third to Home Base, he runs more 
than three feet from a direct line between such bases to avoid 
being touched by the ball in the hands of a Fielder; but in case 
a Fielder be occupying the Base Runner's proper path, at- 
tempting to field a batted ball, then the Base Runner shall run 
out of the path and behind said Fielder, and shall not be de- 
clared out for so doing. 

(8) If he fails to avoid a Fielder attempting to field a batted 
ball, in the manner prescribed in (6; and (7) of this Rule, or 
if he, in any way, obstructs a Fielder attempting to field q 
batted ball: Provided, That if two or more Fielders attempt 
to field a batted ball, and the Base Runner comes in contact 
with one or more of them, the Umpire shall determine which 
Fielder is entitled to the benefit of this Rule, and shall not de- 
cide the Base Runner outfor coming in contact with any other 
Fielder. 

(9) If, at any time while the ball is in play, he be touched 
by the ball in the hand of a Fielder, unless some part of his 
person is touching a base he is entitled to occupy, provided the 
ball be held by the Fielder after touching him; but (exception 
as to First Base), in running to First Base, he may overrun 
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first touching it, provided he returns at once and retouches the 
base, after which he may be put out as at any other base. If, 
in overrunning First Base, he also attempts "to run to Second 
Base, he shall forfeit such exemption fro7n being put out. 

(10) If, when a Fair or Foul Hit ball is legally caught by a 
Fielder, such ball is legally held by a Fielder ori the base oc- 
cupied by the Base Runner when such ball was struck (or the 
Base Runner be touched with the ball in the hands of a 
Fielder), before he retouches said base after such Fair or Foul 
Hit ball was so caught. Provided, That the Base Runner 
shall not be out in such case, if, after the ball was legally caught 
as above, it be delivered to the bat by the Pitcher before the 
Fielder holds it on said base, or touches the Base Runner 
with it 

(n) If, when a Batsman becomes a Base Runner (except 
as provided in Rule 34), the First Base, or the First and Second 
Bases, or the First, Second and Third Bases, be occupied, any 
Base Runner so occupying a base shall cease to be entitled to 
hold it, until any following Base Runner is put out, and may 
be put out at the next base o r by being touched by the ball in 
the hands of a Fielder in the same manner as in running to 
First Base, at any time before any following Base Runner is 
put out. 

(12) If a Fair Hit ball strike him, he shall be declared out 
and in such case no base shall be run unless forced, and no run 
be scored. 

(13) If. when running to a base or forced to return to a 
base, he fail to touch the intervening base or bases, if any, in 
the order prescribed in Rule 53, he may be put out at thebase 
he fails to touch, or by being touched by the ball in the hand 
of a Fielder, in the same manner as in running to First Base. 
Provided, That he shall not be declared out unless the Captain 
of the fielding s ; de claim such decision before the ball is deliv- 
ered to the bat by the Pitcher. 

(14) If, when the Umpire calls "Play," after any sus- 
pension of a game, he fails )o return to and touch the base he 
occupied when " Time " was called before touching the next 
base. 

Rule 58. The Umpire shall declare the Batsman or Base 
Runner out, -without -waiting for an appeal for such decision, in 
all cases where such player is put out in accordance with these 
rules, except as provided in Rule 57, (10), (13) and (14). 

Rule 59. In case of a Foul Strike, Foul Hit not legally 
caught flying, Dead Ball, or Base Runner put out for be- 
ing struck by a fair-hit ball, the ball shall not be considered in 
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Rule 60. Whenever a Block occurs, the Umpire shall de- 
clare it, and Base Runners may run the bases without being 
put out, until after the ball has been returned to and held by 
the Pitcher standing in his position. 

Rule 6i. One Run shall be scored every time a Base Run- 
ner, after having legally touched the first three bases, shall 
touch the Home Base before three men are put out. If the 
third man is forced out, or is put out before reaching First Base, 
a run shall not be scored. 

Rule 62. If the Pitcher causes the ball to strike the Batsman, 
and the Umpire be satisfied that he does it intentionally, he 
snail fine the Pitcher therefor in a sum not less than Ten Dol- 
lars, nor more than Fifty Dollars. (See League Contract 
paragraph 11). 

Rule 63. No Player except tlie Captain or his assistant shall 
address the Umpire concerning any point of play, and any vio- 
lation of this Rule shall subject the offender to a fine of five 
dollars by the Umpire. 

CLASS VI. 

THE UMPIRE. 

Rule 64. A staff of four League umpires shall be selected 
by the Secretary before the 1st day of May. 

(1) Applications for such positions will be received by the 
Secretary until the 1st day of March. 

(2) A written contract shall be made with each of the four 
umpires selected, stipulating for his service from May 1 to 
Oct. 15, at a salary of one thousand dollars for such perioa, 
payable in equal monthly payments, at- the expiration of each 
month of service. He shall also be allowed and paid his actual 
expenses while absent from his home in the service of the 
League. 

(3) He shall be under the sole control and direction of th e 
Secretary, from whom he will receive all assignments to duty 
and all instructions regarding the interpretation of the playing 
rules, and the Secretary "'■°"rfp-rcj"f ^ p is proficient in the 
discharge of his dntip^ pnH that he shall appear in proper 3ress 
when acting as umpire. 

(4) In the event of the failure of such umptre to umpire a 
game assigned to him, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to 
provide a substitute to umpire such game, and, in such case, 
there shall be deducted from the next monthly payment to the 
League Umpire the sum of twelve dollars for each game as- 




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signed to him, which, for any reason, he shall have failed to 
umpire. 

(5) It shall be the duty of each League Club to accept as Um- 
pire for any championship game such League Umpire or sub- 
stitute as the Secretary shall assign to such game, and only in 
the event of the failure of the League Umpire or substitute so 
assigned to appear at the hour appointed for the beginning of 
such game, shall the duty devolve upon the visiting club to 
designate an U mpire for such game. 

(6) Any League Umpire shall be subject to removal by the 
Secretary at any time, and in the event of the resignation, re- 
moval or expulsion of any League Umpire the Seeretary shall 
have power to appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy thus 
created. 

Rule 65. The Umpires Duties, in addition to those speci- 
fied in the preceding Rules, are: 

(1) Before the commencement of a Match Game, the Um- 
pire shall see that the rules governing all the materials of the 
game are strictly observed. He shall ask the Captain of the 
Home Club whether there are any special ground rules to be en- 
forced, and if there are, he shall see that they are duly en- 
forced, provided they do not conflict with any of these- Rules. 
He shall also ascertain whether the fence directly in the rear 
of the Catcher's position is distant ninety feet from the Home 
Base. A fair batted ball that goes over the fence at a less 
distance than two hundred and ten feet from home base shall 
entitle the batsman to two bases, and a distinctive line shall be 
marked on the fence at this point. 

The Umpire shall not reverse his decision on any point of 
play upon the testimony of any player engaged in the game, or 
upon the testimony of any bystander. 

(2) It shall be the duty of the Umpire to decide whether the 
grounds are in proper condition, and the weather suitable for play. 

Rule 66. The Umpire shall not be changed during the prog- 
ress of a Match Game, except for reason of illness or injury. 

Rule 67. Any League Umpire who shall in the judgment of 
the President of the League be guilty of ungentlemanly conduct 
or of selling, or offering to sell, a game of which he is umpire, 
shall thereupon be removed from his official capacity and placed 
under the same disabilities Inflicted upon expelled players by the 
Con.-, tin) don of the League. (See also Constitution, Sec. <a). JLj-^ 

R ule 68. The Umpire s Jurisdictions and Powers, in addi- 
tion to those specified in the preceding Rules, are: 

(1) The gentleman selected to fill the position of Umpire 
must keep constantly in mind the fact that upon his sound 
discretion and promptness in conducting the game, compelling 
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and enforcing each and every one of the Rules, largely de- 
pends the merit of the game as an exhibition, and the satisfac- 
tion of spectators therewith. He must make his decisions dis- 
tinct and clear, remembering that every spectator is anxious to 
hear such decision. He must keep the contesting nines play- 
ing constantly from the commencement of the game to its 
termination, allowing such delays only as are rendered unavoid- 
able by accident, injury or rain. He must, until the comple- 
tion of the game, require the players of each side to promptly 
take their positions in the field as soon as the third hand is put 
out, and must require the first striker of the opposite side to be 
in his position at the bat as soon as the fielders are in their 
places. 

(2) The players of the side "at bat" must occupy the por. 
tion of the field allotted them, subject to the condition that they 
must speedily vacate any portion thereof that may be in the 
way of the ball, or any fielder attempting to catch or field it. 
The triangular space behind the Home Base is reserved for the 
exclusive use of the Umpire, Catcher and Batsman, and the 
Umpire must prohibit any player of the side " at bat " from 
crossing the same at any time while the ball is in the hands 
of the Pitcher or Catcher, or is passing between them, while 
standing in their positions. 

(3) Section 9 of the League Constitution makes the League 
Umpire a member of the League. During the progress of a 
game he is the sole representative of the League, to see that 
the game is played and determined solely on its merits, and 
these Rules invest him with ample powers to accomplish this 
purpose. In the performance of his duties he must remember 
that his sole allegiance is due to the League. 

(4) The Umpire is master of the Field from the commence- 
ment to the termination of the game, and must compel the 
players to observe the provisions of all the Playing Rules, and 
he is hereby invested with authority to order any Player to do 
or omit to do any act, as he may deem it necessary to give force 
and effect to any and all of such provisions, and power to in- 
flict upon any player disobeying any such order a fine of not 
less than five nor more than fifty dollars for each offense, and 
to impose a similar fine upon any player who shall use abusive, 
threatening or improper language to the Umpire, audience, or 
other player, and when the Umpire shall have so punished the 
player, he shall not have the power to revoke or remit the 
penalty so inflicted. (See League Contract, paragraph u). 

(5) The Umpire shall at once notify the Captain of the 
offending player's side of the infliction of any fine herein pro- 
vided for, and the club to which sucn player belongs shall, 
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the League, within ten days transmit the amount of such fine 
to the Secretary of the League. 

(6). In case the Umpire imposes a fine on a player, or de- 
clares a game forfeited, he shall transmit a written notice 
thereof to the Secretary of the League within twenty-four 
hours thereafter; and if he shall fail to to do so, he shall forfeit 
his position as League Umpire, and shall forever thereafter be 
ineligible to umpire any League game. 

Rule 69. For the special benefit of the patrons of the 
game, and because the offenses specified are under his imme- 
diate jurisdiction, and not subject to appeal by players, the 
attention of the Umpire is particularly directed to possible vio- 
lations of the purpose and spirit of the Rules, of the following 
cha acter: 

1. Laziness or loafing of players in taking their places in 
the field, or those allotted them by the Rules when their side is 
at the bat, and especially any failure to keep the bats in the 
racks provided for them; to be ready (two men) to take posi- 
tion as Batsmen, and to remain upon the Players' Bench, 
except when otherwise required by the Rules. 

2. Any attempt by players of the side at-bat, by calling to a 
fielder, other than the one designated by his Captain, to field a 
ball, or by any other equally disreputable means seeking to 
disconcert a fielder. 

3. Indecent or improper language addressed by a player to 
the audience, the Umpire, or any player. 

In any of these cases the Umpire should promptly fine the 
offending player. 

4. The Rules make a marked distinction between hindrance 
of an adversary in fielding a batted or thrown ball. This has 
been done to rid the game of the childish excuses and claims 
formerly made by a Fielder failing to hold a ball to put out a 
Base Runner, but there may be cases of a Base Runner so 
flagrantly violating the spirit of the Rules and of the Game in 
obstructing a Fielder from fielding a thrown ball that it would 
become the duty of the Umpire, not-only to declare the Base 
Runner "out" (and to compel any succeeding Base Runners 
to hold their bases), but also to impose a heavy fine upon him. 
For example: If the Base Runner plainly strike the ball while 
passing him, to prevent its being caught by a Fielder; if he 
hold a fielder's arms so as to disable him from catching the 
ball, or if he knock the Fielder down for the same purpose. 

5. In the case of a "Block," if the person not engaged in 
the game should retain possession of the ball, or throw or kick 
it beyond the reach of the Fielders the Umpire should call 



PLAYING RULES. 43 

"Time," and require each Base Runner to stop at the last base 
touched by him, until the ball be returned to the Pitcher, stand- 
ing in his position. 

6. The Umpire must call "Play" at the exact time adver- 
tised for beginning a game, and any player not then ready to 
take the position allotted him. must be promptly fined by the 
Umpire. 

7. The Umpire is only allowed, by the Rules, to calt 
" Time " in case of an accident to himself or a player, or in 
case of rain, as defined by the Rules. The practice of players- 
suspending the game to discuss or contest a decision with" the 
Umpire, is a gross violation of the Rules, and the Umpire 
should promptly fine any player who interrupts the game ir» 
this manner. 

CLASS VII. 

Scoring. 

Rule 70. In Order to Promote Uniformity in Scoring 
Championship Games, the following instructions, suggestions 
and definitions are made for the benefit of scorers of League 
clubs, and they are required to make the scores mentioned in 
Section 67 of the League Constitution in accordance therewith 

Batting. 

(1) The first item in the tabulated score, after the player's 
name and position, shall be the number of times he has been 
at bat during the game. Any time or times where the player 
has been sent to base on called balls shall not be included in 
this column. 

(2) In the second column should be set down the runs made 
by each player. 

(3) In the third column should be placed the first base hits 
made by each player. A base hit should be scored in the 
following cases. 

When the ball from the bat strikes the ground between the 
foul lines, and out of reach of the fielders. 

When a hit is partially or wholly stopped by a fielder in 
motion, but such player cannot recover himself in time to 
handle the ball before the striker reaches First Base. 

When the ball is hit so sharply to an infielder that he cannot 
handle it in time to put out a man. In case of doubt over this 
class of hits, score a base hit and exempt fielder from the 
charge of an error. 

When a ball is hit so slowly toward a fielder that he cannot 
handle it in time to put out a man. 



44 



PLAYING RULES. 



(4) In the fourth column should be placed to the credit of 
each player the total bases made by him off his hits, 

Fielding. 

(5) The number of opponents put out by each player shall 
be set down in the fifth column. Where a striker is given out 
by the Umpire for a foul strike, or because he struck out of 
his turn the put-out shall be scored to the Catcher. 

(6) The number of times the player assists shall be set 
down in the sixth column. An assist should be given to each 
player who handles the ball in a run-out or other play of the 
kind. 

An assist should be given to a player who makes a play in 
time to put a runner out, even if the player who should com- 
plete the play fails, through no fault of the player assisting. 

And generally an assist should be given to each player who 
handles the ball from the time it leaves the bat until it reaches 
the player who makes the put-out, or in case of a thrown ball, 
to each player who throws or handles it cleanly, and in such a 
way that a put-out results or would result if no error were 
made by the receiver. 

An assist shall be given the pitcher when the batsman 
falls to hit the ball on the third strike, and the same shall also 
be entered in the summary under the head of "struck out." 

(7) An error should be given for each misplay which allows 
the striker or base-runner to make one or more bases, when 
perfect play would have insured his being put out. 

An error should be given to the pitcher when the batsman is 
given first base on "called balls." 

In scoring errors oft" batted balls, see (3) of this rui«. 

Bases stolen by players shall appear to their credit in the 
summary of the game. 



CLASS VIII. 

CONSTRUCTION AND AMENDMENTS. 

Rule 71. No section of these Rules shall be construed as. 
..■onflicting with or affecting any articje of the Constitution of 
the League. 

Rule 72. No Amendment or change of any of these Rules 
shall be made, except in the manner provided in the Constitu- 
tion of the League. 



■H 



OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. 



45 



Special League Meeting held at the Fifth Avenue 
Hotel, New York City, April iS, 1S85. 

Meeting called to order at 10:40 a. m. 

Present, 
A. H. Soden, representing the 
J. E. Allen, " 

John B. Day, " 

John I. Rogers, " 

J. W. Spalding, " 

N. E. Young, " 



B. Ass'n. 



Club. 



Boston B. 

Providence ' 
New York " 
Philadelphia" " 
Chicago " " 

Buffalo, Detroit and 

St Louis. 

The following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That the provisions of the Resolution known as 
the Day Resolution, adopted March 4, 1SS4, shall not apply to 
Hugh Daily, E. M. Gross, Fred Dunlap and George Shaffer. 
and the penalties thereby imposed are hereby mitigated and 
changed into pecuniary fines of $500 each, providing that this 
does not operate or go into effect until said fines, be paid into 
the League Treasury, or satisfactory security entered for the 
payment thereof. 

The following Preamble and Resolutions were adopted: 

Whereas, John W. Glasscock, Chas. Sweeny, Chas. F. 
Briody, James McCormick and Fred. L. Shaw who have 
become disqualified to play base ball in this League are each 
sincerely regretful of the action which led to such disqualifica- 
tion, and are desirous of making amends, and of becoming 
again eligible to membership. Therefore, 

Resolved, 1st, That each of the said players be required to 
pay a fine of $1,000 into the League Treasury as a punishment 
for his offense. 

Resolved, 2d, That upon payment of said fine to the Treas- 
urer of the League by any one of said players, or upon 
the giving by any one of said players of a guarantee for the 
payment of said fine in installments or otherwise during the 
playing season of 1SS5, the disqualification of said player shall 
be and is hereby revoked. 

Resolved, 3d, That the Secretary of the League is hereby 
directed to promulgate, without delay, notices of the removal 
of the disqualification of the said players who have paid 
the fine or furnished the guarantee herein required. 

We, the undersigned, having voted against the above resolu- 
tions, and protested against their adoption, but not wishing to 
thwart the will of all the other League Clubs, constituting 
three-fourths of the League membership, hereby assent to the 
same. (Signed) . J. Edward Allen, 

" John I. Rogers. 



4(5 



SPECIAL MEETING 



The report of the Arbitration Committee was received and 
adopted. 

The following agreement was unanimously assented to. 
That the new pitching rule should be given one month's 
trial, and if at the expiration of that time it was found to be 
working a positive injury to any one club, it should be changed 
back to the rule of 18S4. 
On motion, adjourned. 

N. E. Young, 

Pros, and Scc'y. 

Special League Meeting held at the Fifth Avenue 
Hotel, New York City, Saturday, Oct. 17, 1SS5. 

Present: 
A. G Spalding, representing the Chicago 
Jno. B Day, 
A. J. Reach, ) 



Ball Club 



New York 
Philadelphia 
Buffalo B. 
Boston 

Providence 



B. Ass'n 



Jno. I. Rogers, j 

F. K. Stearns, " 
A. H. Soden, ) „ 

W. H. CONANT, f 

J.E.Allen, ) ;, 

Geo. J. West, j 

I A - R M £ T RSH ' I " Detroit 

Jno. B. Molony, j 

G. H. Schmelz, " St. Louis " 

Meeting called to order at 1 1 130 A. M. 

The joint Ccnference Committee, through Mr. A. H. Soden, 
Chairman, submitted their report, and recommended the adop- 
tion of the following agreement, which, as amended, was 
unanimously agreed to asfollowa: (See National Agree- 
ment.) 

The League, by invitation, met tie American Association in 
joint conference for the purpose of signing the said National 
Agreement. 

The following named gentlemen were elected to constitute 
the League members of the Arbitration Committee for the 
balance of this business year, namely, John B. Day, John I. 
Rogers and N. E. Young. 

The following agreements were signed by all League clubs : 
(See Special Agreements.) 

On motion, adjourned. 

N. E. Young, 

Prcs. and Sec'y. 



OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. 



47 



Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Nation- 
al League of P. 13. B. Clubs held at the Fifth 
Avenue Hotel, New York City, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 
1S85. 

Meeting called to order at 8 p. M. 

Present: 

N. E. Young, Chairman, and Messrs. Day, Reach and 
Molony, Directors. 

The .Secretary presented a tabular statement of champion- 
ship games won and lost during the season of 1885. 

On motion, the following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Chicago Ball Club, of Chicago, 111., hav- 
ing won the greatest percentage of games in the championship 
series, is hereby awarded the League Championship of the 
United States for the year 1885. 

The report of the Treasurer was received and accepted. 

The Chairman presented a communication from Mr. Fred. 
Pfeffer asking that a fine imposed by Mr. Bond, Umpire, be 
remitted. 

On motion, the request of Mr. Pfeffer was denied. 

Mr. N. E.Young was re-elected Secretary. 

On motion, adjourned. 

(Signed) N. E. Young| Chairman. 
Jno. B. Day, i 
'• Jno. B. Molony, J. Directors. 

'" A. J. Reach, ) 

Annual Meeting of the National League of Profes- 
sional Base Ball Clubs held at the Fifth Avenue 
Hotel, New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1S85. 

Meeting called to order at 12 o'clock, noon. 

Present: 

John B. Day, representing the New York B. B. Club. 



A. G. Sl'ALDING, 

A.J. Reach, 
John I. Rogers, 

F. K. Stearns, 
A. H. Soden, 
W. H. Conant, 
J. A. Marsh, 
John B. Molony, 
J. E. Allen, 
Geo. J. West, 

H. V.Lucas, 

G. H. Schmelz, 



Chicago 
Piiila. 

Buffalo '* 

Boston " 

ti 11 

Detroit " 

<t 11 

Providence " 

it it 

St. Louis " 



Ass'N. 



48 



SPECIAL MEETING 



On motion, the reading of minutes of last meeting was dis- 
pensed with. 

The report of the Board of Directors was received and ac- 
cepted. 

The report of the Arbitration Committee was received and 
accepted. 

On motion the regular order of business was suspended for 
the purpose of considering miscellaneous business. 

Mr. Molony moved that the four players, namely : Messrs. 
Rovve, Richardson, Brouthers and White be now declared eli- 
gible to sign contracts. 

It was moved and seconded that the motion of Mr Molony 
be laid on the table and the regular order of business resumed. 

Carried. 

The Constitution and Playing Rules were amended as fol- 
lows : 

(See Constitution and Playing Rules.) 

Mr. N. E. Young was re-elected President of the League. 

The following named gentlemen wsre elected Directors: 
Jno. B. Molony, Henry V. Lucas, A. H. Soden and J. E. 
Allen. 

On motion a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. 
Spalding, Young and Day was appointed to consider all mat- 
ters of special interest to the League, with permission to report 
at any time. 



Committee on Printing: 
Spalding. 



Messrs. Rogers, Day and 



On motion adjourned to meet at 9:00 a. m. on the following 
day. 

Thursday, Nov. 19, 1885. 
Meeting called to order at 10:00 A. m. 

The following named gentlemen were elected members of 
the Schedule Committee, namely : Messrs. G. H. Schmelz, 
J. A. Marsh and Harry Wright. 

Messrs. Day, Rogers and Young were elected members 
of the Arbitration Committee. 

The Spalding League Ball was adopted and the Secretary 
was authorized to renew contract with Spalding Bros., of Chi- 
cago, 111., for three years fro:n the date of the expiration of 
their present contract. 



OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. 



4'.) 



On motion the publication of the League Book was left in 
the hands of the Secretary. 

The resignation of Mr. A. G. Mills as an honorary member 
was accepted. 

The following resolutions were adopted: 

Resolved, That the next annual meeting of the League be 
held in Chicago. 

Resolved, That when this meeting adjourns, it adjourn to 
meet in New York City on the first Wednesday in March, 
1886. 

Resolved, That upon the release of a player from contract 
with any League club in accordance with the fifth section 
of the National agreement: 

1 st. The services of such player shall be exclusively sub- 
ject to the League club that shall, within ten days from the 
date of said re ease, signify in writing to the Secretary of the 
League, its acceptance of said services. 
2d. If more than one League club signify such acceptance with- 
in the said ten days, then the accepting club that shall file with 
the Secretary of the League the written assent of the released 
player, over his signature, to contract with such club, shall be 
exclusively entitled to his said services, provided in all cases 
said assent be signed subsequently to said release. , 

3d. If more than one League club signify such acceptance 
within the said ten days, and the written assent of the released 
player to contract with either be not filed with the Secretary of 
the League for thirty additional days thereafter, then the Sec- 
retary of the League shall decide "by lot which of said clubs 
shall be exclusively entitled to said services. 

4th. The signing of such written assent by any released 
player to more than one League club, or his refusal to execute 
a contract with a club in accordance with his lawful written 
assent thereto, or in accordance with his assignment under 
this resolution, within reasonable time thereafter, shall upon 
proof to the satisfaction of five League clubs, black-list such 
player as prescribed in Section 14, of the League constitution, 
provided, that in the event of a failure to black-list such player, 
or in the event of removal from the black list of such player, 
the services of such player shall be controlled by the club to 
which his assent in writing is first given. 

The report of the Special Committee was received and 
adopted. 

On motion, a committee of four, consisting of Messrs. A. 
H. Soden, A. G. Spalding, John B. Day and A. I. Reach, 



50 



SPECIAL MEETING 



was appo : nted with full power and control over the franchises 
of Buffalo and Providence clubs, and to fill any vacancy that 
may occur prior to the Spring meeting, by reason of the with- 
drawal of either club. 

The Committee on Printing recommended that the contract 
for printing posters be awarded to John B. Sage, of Buffalo, 
N. Y. 

On motion, adjourned. 

N. E. Young, 

Pres. and Sec'y. 

Reconvened Annual Meeting of the National League 
of Professional Base Ball Clubs, held at the 
Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York City, Wednesday, 

March 3, 1S86. 

Present, 

A. G. Spalding, representing the Chicago Ball Club. 



J no. B. Day, 
A.J. Reach and 

John I Rogers, 
J. A. Marsh and 

J no. B. Molony, 
A. H. Soden and 

W. H. CONANT, 

H. V.. Lucas and 
G. H. Schmelz, 

R. C. Hewett and 
M. B. Scanlon, 

D. E. Rows, 



New York 
Philadelphia 



Detroit 
Boston 



B. B. Ass'n. 



St. Louis 

Washington 
Kansas City 



Meeting called to order at 12 m. 

On motion, the reading of the minutes of the previous meet- 
ing was dispensed with. 

The Special Committee appointed at the annual meeting, 
consisting of Messrs. Soden, Day, Spalding and Reach, sub- 
mitted their report, and it was unanimously accepted. Under 
a suspension of the rules, the Washington National Base Ball 
Association, and the Kansas City Base Ball Association, were 
unanimously elected to League membership. 

On motion the rules were suspended for the purpose of admit- 
ting Mr. D. E. Rowe (who is ineligible as a player under con- 
tract) to represent the Kansas City Base Ball Association. 

Mr. John B. Day was elected a Director to fill a prospective 
vacancy. On motion the President was authorized to accept 



1 



OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. 



51 



the resignation of the Providence and Buffalo Clubs when ten- 
dered. 

On motion Sections 58 and 60 were unanimously suspended 
for the purpose of making Special Agreements with the Phila*. 
delphia and St. Louis clubs. 

On motion the meeting proceeded to consider amendments 
to the Constitution and Playing Rules, pending the considera- 
tion of which, on motion adjourned to meet at 10 A. M. on the 
following day. 

Thursday, March 4, 1SS6, 
Meeting called to order at 10 A. M., and resumed the consid- 
eration of Amendments to the Constitution and Playing Rules 
which, as amended, were adopted as follows: (See Constitution 
and Playing Rules.) 

The Committee appointed to prepare a Schedule for the sea- 
son of 1S86, submitted their report and it was unanimously 
adopted. 

No further business appearing, on motion adjourned. 

N. E. YOUNG, 

Pres. and Sec'y. 



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52 



SPALDING S OFFICIAL 



OFFICERS AND PLAYERS. 

The following is an official list of the officers of the National 
League of professional base ball clubs, and officers and players 
of clubs, members thereof, for the season of 1886, so far as com- 
pleted, to March 10, 1886: 

N. E. YOUNG, Pres. and Sec, Box 536, Washington, D. C. 

DIRECTORS. 

Henry V. Lucas, Jno. B. Maloney, A. H. Soden, and 
Jno. B. Day. 

BOSTON BASE BALL ASSOCIATION, OF BOSTON, 
MASS. 



A. H. Soden, President, 

116 Water Street. 
Gunning, Thos. F. Tate, Edward C. 
Poorman, Thos. Johnston, R. F. 
Sutton, E. B. Parsons, C. J. 

Dealey, P. Radbourn, Chas. 

Hines, Paul A. Buffinton, C. G._ 



J. B. Billings, Treasurer, 
Box 1756. 
Nash, Wm. 
Stemmyer, Wm. 
Burdock, J.J. 
Daily, C. F. 
Hornung, Jos. 



A. G. Spalding, President, 
108 A/adison St. 



CHICAGO BASE BALL, OF CHICAGO, ILL. 

Jno. A. Brown, Secretary, 
i6j Loomis St. 

Ryan, Jas. Dalrymple, A. Flint, F. S. 

Williamson, E. N. Pfeffer, Fred. Sunday, W. A. 

Burns, Thos. E. Gore, Geo. F. Kelly, M. J. 

Anson, A. C. Clarkson, Jno. G. Flynn, Jno. 

Moolic, Geo. H. McCormick, Jas. 

DETROIT BASE BALL ASSOCIATION, OF 
DETROIT, MICH. 



Jos. A. Marsh, President, 
<)4 Grisivold. St. , Jtoom 6. 



Robt. H. Leadley, Secretary. 
P. O. Box 1 22. 



Twitchell, Lawr'nce. Getstein, C. H. 
Baldwin, C. B. Thompson, Sam'l L. 

Rowe, J. C. Richardson, H. 

Hall, Chas. L. McQuery, Wm. 

Fitzsimmons, O. K. Bennett, C. W. 



Donnelly, J. B. 
Manning, J. H. 
Brouthers, D. 
White, Jas. L. 
Crane, Sam'l N. 
Lawrence, H.J. 

NEW YORK BALL CLUB, OF NEW YORK CITY 

John B. Day, President, No. 121 Maiden Lane. 
Corcoran, S. J. Gerhardt, J. J. Conner, R. 

Richardson, Dan'l. O'Rourke, J. H. Ward, J. M. 



spalding's official 



5B 



PHILADELPHIA BALL CLUB, OF PHILADELPHIA, 

PENN. 

A. J. Reach, President, Jno. I. Rogers, Secretary, 

23 So. 8th St. 138 So. 6th St. 

Harry Wright, Manager, 194.1 N. zzd St. 



Mulvey, Jos. 
Bignall, Geo. 
Irwin, A. A. 
Farrell, John. 
Daily, E. M. 

ST. LOUIS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, OF ST. 
LOUIS, MO. 



Fogarty, Jas. 
Ganzell, C. W. 
Titcomb, Ledell. 
Clements, John. 
Ferguson, C. J. 



Andrews, G. E. 
Siegle, John. 
Guehrer, J. F. 
Casey, Daniel M. 
McGuire, Jas. 



Henry V. Lucas, President. 

2527 Cass Ave. 
Cahill, Jno. F. Quinn, Jos. 

Seery, J. E. Dolan, Thos. 

Howard, Kent. Boyle, H. J. 

Glasscock, J. W. Dunlap, Fred. 
Denny, Jer. Kirby.Jno. 

Graves, Frank. 



G. H. Schmelz, Manager. 

Bauer, Albert. 
Healy, John. 
Mappes, Geo. 
McKinnon, A. 
Myers, Geo. 



WASHINGTON (NATIONAL) BASE BALL CLUB, 

OF WASHINGTON, D. C. 
Robt. C. Hewett, President, Walter F. Hewett, Secy. 

1227 7th St. N. IV. 
Barr, R. M. Baker, Philip. Gladmon, J. H. 

Knowles, Jas. Crane, Ed. N. Hines, Michael. 

KANSAS CITY BASE BALL ASSOCIATION, OF 

KANSAS CITY, MO. 
Jos. J. Heim, President. Jas. Whitfield, Secretary. 



54 



LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 



Record of Championship Games Played During the 
Season of 1885. 



Date 
1885. 



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8 


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11 


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NAMES OF CONTESTANTS. 



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Detroit vs. Buffalo 

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New York vs. Boston 

Philadelphia vs. Providence 
New York vs. " 

St. Louis vs. Chicago 

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New York vs. Providence. . . . 
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New York vs. Boston 

Buffalo vs. Chicago 

Detroit vs. St. Louis 

Philadelphia vs. Boston 

tt « 

New York vs. Providence 

Providence vs. Buffalo 

New York vs. Chicago 

Boston vs. St. Louis 

Philadelphia vs. Detroit 

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Boston vs. St. Louis 

New York vs. Chicago 

Providence vs. Buffalo 

" St. Louis 

Philadelphia vs. Chicago 

Boston vs. Buffalo 

New York vs. Detroit 

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Philadelphia vs. Chicago.... 

New York vs. " 

Boston vs. St. Louis 

Philadelphia vs. Detroit 

Providence vs. Buffalo 

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Philadelphia vs. Detroit 

Boston vs. St. Louis 

New York vs. Chicago 

Philadelphia vs. " 

New York vs. Detroit 

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Philadelphia vs. Chicago.... 



Winning Club 



St. Louis .... 
Chicago .... 

Detroit 

tt 

Chicago 

New York.. 
Providence.. 
New York.. 

Chicago 

Detroit 

Boston 

tt 

Providence . 
Philadelphia 
New York.., 

Chicago 

St. Louis 

Philadelphia 
tt 

New York.., 
Providence. . , 
New York.., 

St. Louis 

Philadelphia 
tt 

St. Louis.... 

Chicago 

Providence . . 
St. Louis.... 

Chicago 

Buffalo 

New York... 

Chicago 

New York . . . 

Boston 

Philadelphia 

Providence 

tt 

Philadelphia. 

St. Louis 

New York.., 
Chicago 

New York... 
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Chicago 



Runs 
Scored. 



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LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 55 

Record op Championship Games. — Continued. 



Date 

1885. 


NAMES OF CONTESTANTS. 


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Buffalo 

New York ... 
Philadelphia.. 
New York .. 

Buffalo 

Philadelphia.. 
New York 

Providence.. .. 
t 

Philadelphia... 
New York — 

Providence 

New Yo'k 

Philadelphia... 

Philadelphia. . 

New York.. .. 
St. Louis 

Providence 

ii 

New York 

Philadelphia . 
Providence... 
New York 


ii 

10 

10 
6 
4 
9 
4 

10 
2 

14 
9 

12 
6 
6 

11 
1 
3 
3 

11 
6 
4 

24 
6 

11 

11 
4 
4 
6 
7 

10 
4 
4 
4 
4 
6 
3 
8 
5 
3 

10 
2 
4 
8 

11 
8 
5 
7 


R 




9. 


" 20 
" 20 


a u 


4 
3 


" 21 
•* 21 




2 
R 


" 21 




« 


" 21 







" 22 


<t u 





" 22 




1 


" 22 




4 


" Hi 




1 


" 23 




1 


" 23 




n 


" 25 


•■ it 


n 


" 25 







" 25 




n 


" 25 




l 


" 26 




10 


" 27 




4 
3 


" 27 




n 


" 27 




1 


" 28 




5 


" 28 




n 


" 28 


Philadelphia vs. .St. Louis 


n 


" 28 




3 


" 29 




4 


" 30 


(( (4 





" 30 




9 


" 30 
" 30 




1 
R 


" 30 




1 


" 30 




R 


June 1 







" 1 




?, 


" 1 




4 


" 2 




?, 


" 2 




1 


" 2 




6 


" 2 




1 


" 3 




1 


" 3 




7 


" 3 







" 4 
•' 4 
" 5 


(( it 

Detroit vs. Chicago 

it ■< 


4 
2 
4 






56 



LEAGUE CIIAMPI0NSI1IP GAMES. 



Recoed of Championship Games. — Continued. 





NAMES OP CONTESTANTS. 


Winning Club 


Runs 
Scored. 


Date 
1885. 


a . 

11 

go 


oO 


June 6 
•' 6 




New York 

Buffalo 

Providence.... 
tt 

New York ... 

Buffalo 

Providence.... 
tt 

Philadelphia.. 

New York 

tt 

Buffalo....!'.'/ 

New York 

Philadelphia.. 
New York.... 

Chicago 

Providence 

tt 

Chicago 

New York 
Philadelphia.. 

Chicago 

Providence 

New York 

Philadelphia.. 

Chicago 

Providence .... 

New York 


9 
7 
5 
6 
1 

11 
9 
6 

10 

10 
4 
2 
7 
4 

13 

O 

4 

a 

2 
6 

17 
6 
7 
7 
5 
9 

13 
8 
5 
4 

10 
8 

10 
5 

4 

8 
!> 

if 

6 
3 
3 

11 
5 

!i 
11 
7 


2 
8 


" 6 




4 


" 6 




9 


" 8 
" 8 







" 8 




8 


" 9 


(i tt 


1 


" 9 




4 


" 9 




R 


" 9 




1 


" 10 




1 


" 10 




5 


" 10 




•f 


" 10 




1 


" 11 




1 


" 11 

" 12 


Providence vs. New York 


8 
4 


« u 







'■ 12 




4 


" 13 
" 13 


i« ft 


9 
9 


" 13 




3 


" 18 
" 15 




4 
3 


" 15 




3 


« 15 




5 


«' 16 


it" it 


6 


" 16 




n 


" 16 




3 


« i7 


" vs. Philadelphia 


4 


" 17 




1 


" 17 

" 17 





3 


« yi 




1 


'< 18 


tt (i 


1 


" 18 




4 


" 18 







" 19 


t. tt 


5 


'■■ 19 




8 


" 19 




3 


" 19 







" 20 


tt ii * 


1 


" 20 




K 


" 20 







" 20 




8 


" 23 
*' 2:1 





6 









LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 57 

Record op Championship Games. — Continued. 



Date 

1885. 



June 23 


*• 


28 


u 


24 


it 


24 


u 


24 


«i 


24 


** 


25 


n 


25 


• t 


25 


$t 


25 


ii 


£6 


ii 


28 


<( 


38 


it 


37 


•< 


27 


ii 


27 


M 


29 


I* 


28 


II 


29 


41 


29 


II 


SO 


II 


SO 


(1 


SO 


■1 


80 


July 1 




1 


11 


1 


II 


1 


'< 


2 


ti 


3 


11 


8 


II 


3 


'• 


8 


(I 


4 


II 


4 


II 


4 


*' 


4 


" 


4 


tl 


4 


" 


4 


" 


4 


** 


6 


** 


ti 


It 


6 


41 


7 


|| 


8 


•• 


8 


II 


8 



NAMES OF CONTESTANTS. 



Winning Club 



St. Louis vs. Boston 

Chicago vs. Philadelphia 

St. Louis vs. Boston 

Buffalo vs. New York 

Detroit vs. Providence.... 

It u 

Buffalo vs. New York. .... 

St. Louis vs. Boston 

Chicago vs. Philadelphia.. 

St. Louis vs. Boston , 

Buffalo vs. New York 

Chicago vs. Hoston . 

St. Louis vb. Philadelphil 

Buffalo vs. Providence 

{( it 

St. Louis vs. Philadelphia. 

Chicago vs. Boston 

Detroit vs. New York 

it u 

Chicago vs. Boston , 

St. Louis vs. Philadelphia 
Buffalo vs. Providence... 

It tt 

St. Louis vs. Philadelphia. 

Chicago vs. Boston 

Detroit vs. New York..., 
tc <i 

" vs. Boston 

Chicago vs. New York . . . 
Buffalo vb. Philadelphia.. 
St. Louis vs. Providence. 

It M 

if (I 

Buffalo vs. Philadelphia.. 

Chicago vb. New York. . . . 

Detroit vs. Boston 

Chicago vs. New York 

Buffalo vs. Philadelphia.. 
St. Louis vs. Providence. 

Detroit vs. Boston 

" vs. Philadelphia. 
St. Loui8usNew York .. 
Buffalo vs. Boston 



Boston 

Chicago.. . . 
tc 

Boston , 

New York.., 
Providence . . 

New York .. 

Boston 

Philadelphia 

Boston , 

New York. . , 

Chicago 

St. Louis 

Buffalo , 

Providence. . 
St. Louis.... 

Chicago 

Detroit 

New York.. 

Chicago 

St. Louis.... 
Providence.. 
Buffalo. .. . 
Philadelphia 
Chicago .. .. 
New York.. 
Detroit 

New York.. 

Buffalo 

Providence.. 
St. Louis 

Philadelphia 

New York... 

■ hicago 

Detroit 

New York.. 

Buffalo 

St. Louis 

Detroit. 

ii 

St. Louis. ... 
Boston 



Runs 
Scored. 



2 
8 
2 
3 

6 

3 
1 

3 
1 
5 
8 
4 
4 
5 
2 
11 
1 

9 
4 
9 
5 

10 
1 

1 
2 
5 
3 

2 
5 
2 
3 
3 
4 
6 
4 
3 
4 
3 
5 
3 



58 



LEAGUE CHAMPIONSIIIP GAMES. 



Record of Championship Games. — Continued. 



Date 

1885. 


NAMES OP CONTESTANTS. 


Winning Club 


Ri 
Sco 

M 

£4 

a 3 

> 

10 

8 

6 

6 

3 

4 

3 
13 

5 

6 

7 

8 

5 

9 

6 
4 
3 
9 

5 
3 
4 

4 
9 

13 

6 
13 

3 

6 

5 

3 

6 

8 

8 

7 

3 

5 

6 

6 

8 

7 
12 

3 

6 

7 
15 


ma 

WD. 

2 ° 
go 
j 


July 8 
" 9 
" 9 




Boston. 

De'roit 

Philadelphia.. 
New York... 

Providence. . . . 

Buffalo... .... 

New York 

Detioit 

Philadelphia.. 

Providence.... 
New York 

<i 

New York 

Providence 

Boston 

New York 

Providence. . . . 
it 

New York 

Chicago 

Philadelphia.. 
Detroit 

New York 

Philadelphia.. 

New York 

ii 

Providence.. .. 
ii 

New York 


3 


• < «i 


5 


" 9 




5 


" 9 




2 


<« 10 


ii ii 


1 


" 10 




2 


" 10 




6 


" 10 




2 


" 11 


it it 


1 


" 11 




2 


" 11 




fl 


" 11 




4 


" 13 




5 


" 13 




1 


" 13 




4 


" 13 


New Yorkvs Providence 


« 


ii j4 
" 14 
" 14 


ii ii 



1 




.< i, 







" 15 


it K 


n 


" 15 
" 15 




2 
6 


" 16 




a 


" 16 






" 16 




g 


" 16 




5 


« 16 




fl 


" 17 




2 


" 18 


Philadelphia vs. 1'rovidence 


5 
4 


" 18 




2 


" 18 




5 


" 18 




4 


" 20 




1 


" 20 




3 


" 20 




2 


" 20 




8 


" 21 







" 21 




3 


•• 21 
" 22 
" 22 




7 
2 

7 


" 22 
" 22 


Philadelphia va. St. Louis 


1 
t 


«• 23 




9 


•' 23 




3 



LEAGUE CHAMPIONSUIP GAMES. 



59 



Record of Championship Games. — Continued. 



Date 

1885. 


NAMES OP CONTESTANTS. 


Winning Club 


Ri 
Scoi 

ISO 

a b 
|S 

> 


NS 
iED. 

3* 

as 7? 

►J 


July 23 
" 23 




Philadelphia.. 

New York 

Philadelphia.. 
St. Lonis 

New York.... 
Detroit.. .. 

Providence 

New York.. .. 

Providence. . . . 

it 

New York ... 

Philadelphia.. 
New York.... 

Tie 

Providence.... 
fi 

it 

New York 

Providence 

Chicago... 
Philadelphia.. 
New York 

Providence 

Detroit.... — 

St. Louie 

Chicago 

St. Louis.. 
Philadelphia.. 

New York... 


12 
19 
14 
3 
8 
2 

6 
9 
4 
6 

12 
8 
6 

11 
3 
1 
3 
2 
3 
4 
4 
3 

10 
9 
6 

6 
3 
11 

7 
4 
13 
7 
5 
4 
3 
6 
9 
1 
5 
8 
3 
4 
8 
7 

5 

12 


2 




a 


" 24 




5 









" 25 




7 


•' 25 




1 


1 27 




1 


" 27 




fi 


" 27 







" 27 




3 


" 28 


it (i 


fi 


" 28 




7 


" 28 




3 


" 28 




4 


" 29 




9, 


" 29 







" 30 




2 


" 30 







" 30 
" 30 
" 31 


ft (t 


1 
2 
1 


" 31 
" 31 




2 

7 


" 31 

Aug. 1 

" V 


Philadelphia vs. Chicago 



5 




fi 


" 1 

" 1 





1 


•' 3 


u <( 


9 


" 3 




2 


" 4 


V " vs. Detroit 


3 


" 4 




3 


l> 4 




1 


" 4 




4 


" 5 


• C II • 


S 


" 5 




1 


" 5 







" 6 




5 


'• 6 
'• 6 





2 


'• 6 




1 


ii 7 


it it 


2 


" 7 




8 


■i 7 
" 8 




3 
3 


« 8 




5 


" 10 


i« if 


2 


" 10 








(')() 



LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 



Recokd of Championship Games. — Continued. 





NAMES OF CONTESTANTS. 


Winning Club 


Runs 
Scored. 


Date 

1885. 


■H 

8 
7 
5 
2 

10 
3 
9 
5 
4 

11 
8 
6 
9 
7 
7 

17 

12 
4 
7 
9 
6 

10 
3 
6 
4 

7 
6 

5 

7 
9 
5 
9 

10 

2 
13 

8 

3 

8 

6 

5 

3 

2 

5 

1 


MJ3 

'53 

A 


Aug. 11 
" 11 




Boston 

Ph ladelphia.. 

New York . - . 

it 

Philadelphia.. 

Buffalo 

New York 

New York 

ii 
«i 

Buffalo 

Providence 

Buffalo 

Philadelphia.. 

New York 

Chicago 

Providence..,. 

New York 

Detroit 

New York . . 

New York.... 
Philadelphia.. 

New York.... 


4 




2 


" 11 




1 


" 12 


it it 




" 12 
*■ 12 




3 
2 


" 12 






" 13 


ii it 


H 


« 13 
" 13 




3 
3 


" 13 




1 


" 14 
ii 14 





4 


" 15 


ii »i 


4 


« 15 
" 15 




2 
6 


" 15 




o 


" 17 




2 


•• 18 




3 


" 18 




4 


" 18 




4 


" 18 




3 


ii 19 




4 


" 19 




9 


" 19 




3 


" 19 




R 


•■ 20 


i. ii 


1 


" 20 




4 


" 20 




4 


" 20 




4 


'« 21 




3 


" 21 




1 


" 22 


it ii 





'< 22 




1 


«* 22 




4 


" 22 







" 24 




5 


" 24 







ii 25 






" 25 




n 


" 26 
" 26 




2 

5 


" 26 







" 26 




1 


•' 2? 







«' 27 




1 


" 27 




1 


■' 27 








LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 



(51 



Record op Championship Games. — Continued 



Date 
1885. 


NAMES OF CONTESTANTS. 


Winning Club 


Scoi 

.9.0 

a 9 


NS 

1KI). 

bfjD 

C3 3 

go 
3 


Aug. 28 
«• 28 




Hew York.... 
Philadelphia.. 

New York 

Buffalo 

New York. .. 

New York 

Chicago 

tt 

New York 
Philadelphia.. 
Chicago 

t 

Philadelphia.. 

Tie ] 


7 
3 
o 

1 

7 

c 

5 

16 
6 
o 

8 
8 
12 
q 

4 
11 
5 
18 
10 
12 
S 
5 
6 
2 

9 
8 

1 
1 

10 
7 
2 
3 
8 
8 
7 
5 
3 
o 

9 
2 
6 
6 

10 
6 

7 
7 
8 


4 




1 


" 28 




1 


" 29 


ft ft 





«' 29 
" 29 
" 81 
" 31 


Philadelphia vs. Ne* York 


1 

5 
1 
5 


" 31 

Sept. 1 




1 



" 1 




3 


" 1 




4 


" 1 


<< it 


>> 


" 1 




1 


" 1 




S 


" 3 


if ft 


1 


" 3 




o 


" 3 
" 3 


New York vs. Pliiladelphia 


8 
4 


" 4 


«. ii 


4 


" 4 
" 5 


New York vs. Boston 


3 
2 


" 
" 5 
" 5 







9 


" 7 


it it 


6 


n 7 




1 


" 8 


Providence vs. Philadelphia 





" 8 




1 


" 8 




Providence . .. 
New York 

Philadelphia.. 

Buffalo 

tt 

New York 

Philadelphia... 

Providence.. .. 

Buffalo 

New York 


4 


" 9 




'?, 


" 9 
" 9 






1 


" 10 




1 


" 10 
" 10 




1 

5 


" 10 




9, 


" 11 


tt tt 


1 


" 11 







" 11 




■1 


" 12 




n • 


" 12 




4 


" 12 


tt tt 


3 


" 14 




H 


" 15 







" 15 




2 


" 15 




3 


" 15 




4 



02 



LEAGUE CUAMPIONSLI1P GAMES. 



Record of CiiAMPioNsmr Games. — Continued. 





NAMES OF CONTESTANTS. 


Winninh Club 


Kuns 
Scored. 


Date 

1885. 


M 

a . 
' 3 S 

go 

6 
6 
7 
10 
12 
6 
1 

1J 
7 
10 
12 
6 
7 
10 
14 
4 
8 
16 
12 
2 
17 
11 
6 
6 
6 
21 
15 
4 
5 
10 
6 
14 
13 
7 
13 
5 
2 
8 
8 
10 
8 
7 
8 
10 
12 
18 
5 
7 


II 
5 5 


Sept.18 
" lfi 




Philadelphia... 

Philadelphia.. 
New York 

St. Lonis 

Chicago 

Philadelphia.. 
New York 

New York 

L> troit 

Philadelphia.. 


o 
4 


" 16 




3 


" 16 




4 


" 17 


T s >»■ "WW" 


6 


•' 17 




3 


" 17 







" 17 




2 


•< 18 


K i< 


3 


" 18 




3 


" 19 




2 


" 19 




5 


" 19 
« 21 








<> 22 
" 22 




9 
1 


« 22 
" 23 


ti K 


5 

R 


" 23 




IS 






1 


" 23 




Hew York ... 
ti 

Providence 

Chicago... . 
New York 

Detroit 

Chicago 

Chicago 

Phi adelphia.. 

it 

Tie .. 

Philadelphia.. 
New York 

Philadelphia.. 


2 


•' 24 
" 24 


«t it 


3 

1 


" 24 




3 


■' 24 
" 25 




3 
3 


" 25 
" 26 




1 
1 


" 26 




2 


" 28 




6 


" 26 







" 28 




2 


" 29 


ti it 


1 


" 29 




4 


" 29 




2 


" 30 

" 30 




3 

1 


" 30 




8 


" 30 




5 


Oct. 1 

" 1 




6 
8 


" 1 
it 2 




8 

3 


" 3 


it it * 


4 


" 3 




8 


" 3 




n 


" 5 
" 6 


'■ vs. New York 


2 
4 



LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 63 

Record of Championship Games. — Continued.. 





NAMES OP CONTESTANTS. 


Winning Club 


liUNS 

Scobed. 


Date 
1885. 




3° 


Oct. 6 




Chicago 

Detroit 

New York.... 
Providence — 
ti 

New York 

Philadelphia.. 
Detroit 

Philadelphia.. 

New York 

Philadelphia.. 
Providence . . . 


9 

3 

7 

S 

4 

6 

8 

5 

7 

3 
12 

5 
10 

3 

7 

3127 


4 


" 6 
ii i 


• i it 


2 

T 






1 


" 7 







' 7 


it it 


1 


" 8 
" 8 




3 
3 


" 8 
" 9 




6 

9, 


" !) 




11 


" 9 




n 


" 10 




3 


" 10 







" 10 


it it 


3 














1280 



(54 



LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 



BATTING RECORD 

Of Players who have taken part in fifteen or more championship games. 

SEASON OP 1885. 



NAME. 



•y 



s- 
•i»- 



Connor. ..*£ 

Broat.hers..H\. 

Dorgan...fc^ . 

Richirdson.rT. 

Gore k:.. 

Sutton «-£. 

Anson /; . 

Ferguson..*-^. 

EwiDg t/n. 

Thompson..*;. 

Hanlon K.. 

O'Kourke..*?.. 
( Gillespie ...£.. 
■< Lewis ..... K.. 

White... 

Wood... 

Rowe. . . 

Kelly... 

Dorgan. ..J^T... 

Wise Kl. 

Glasscock. ..Ia. 

Start i/*.. 

Dalrymple..KT 

M' Query . . K-rT. 

Burns .. .vT.. 

Uines .*T. . 

McKinnon..*".. 

Dunlap....»r... 

Bennett....*?".. 

Mnlvey., ..»t. .. 

Andrews .XT.. 

Scott r.. 

Richardson, jf.' 

Daily *T 

( Manning. . . V 
1 Deasley . . . W>j 
( Esterbrook.^fT 
lNash....U<.. 
1 Sunday.. .s;'.'. 

Lillie j. 

Kingo '.... 

Farrar 



CLUB. 



New York 

Buffalo 

New York 

Buffalo 

Chicago 

Boston 

Chicago 

Philadelphia. , 

New York 

Detroit 

i< 

New York 

St. Louis 

Buffalo 

Detroit 

BufMo 

Chicago 

Detroit 

Boston 

St. Louis 

Providence 

Chicago 

Detroit 

Chicago 

Providence 

St. Louis 

tt 

Detroit. 
Philadelphia. . 
ii 

Detroit 

New York 

Providence 

Philadelphia., 

New York 

it 

Boston 

Chicago 

Buffalo 

Detroit 

Philadelphia. 









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H 


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110 


455 


102 


0.92 


169 


.371 


98 


407 


87 


0.88 


146 


.358 


88 


317 


60 


0.68 


113 


.325 


<m 


42B 


90 0.93 


136 


.319 


109 


441 


115 1.05 


18b 


.312 


108 


457 


78 


ii 72 


143 


.312 


112 


464 


100 


II. 89 


144 


.310 


5!) 


285 


42 


0.71 


72 


.306 


81 


342 


81 


1.00 


101 


.304 


63 


'254 


58 0.92 


77 


.303 


10B 


424 


930.87 


128 


.301 


112 


477 


119'l.Ofi 


143 


. 299 


102 


420 


67 


0.65 


123 


.292 


45 


181 


12 


0.26 


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98 


404 


54 


55 


118 


.292 


82 


302 


62 


0.75 


105 


.290 


98 


421 


62 


0.03 


122 


.289 


107 


438 


124 


1.15 


126 


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0.59 


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424 


71 


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446 


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0.59 


125 


.280 


89 


374 


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0.47 


103 


.275 


113 


492 


109 


0,!l« 


135 


.274 


70 


2T8 


34 


0,48 


70 


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111 


445 


82 


0.73 


121 


.271 


98 


411 


63 


0.B4 


111 


.270 


101) 


411 


42 


0.42 


121 


.270 


106 


423 


70 


0.66 


114 


.209 


91 


349 


49 


0.53 


94 


.269 


106 


443 


74 


0.69 


119 


.268 


103 


421 


77 


0.71 


112 


.206 


as 


148 


14 


0.36 


39 


.263 


48 


198 


26 


0.54 


52 


.262 


r« 


•223 


20 


0.33 


58 


.860 


107 


445 


61 


0.57 


114 


.256 


52 


207 


2'* 


0.42 


53 


.256 


88 


359 


4H 


0.54 


92 


.250 


26 


94 


fl 


0.31 


24 


.255 


42 


172 


36 


8.i 


44 


.255 


112 


430 


49 


0.43 


107 


.218 


16 


<>5 


12 


75 


IB .246 


111 


420 


49 


0.44 


103 


.245 



225 2.04 



220 
145 
195 
2111 
192 
212 

89 
158 
123 
160 
206 
152 

Bl 
188 
154 
171 
191 

66 
167 
152 
122 
219 
106 
182 
111 
152 
141 
1S6 
174 
183 

46 

6b 

63 
185 

60 
120 

28 
59 

129 
19 

138 



24 
1.64 
2.03 
1.84 
1.77 
1.89 
1.50 
1.95 
1.95 
1.50 
1.83 
1.49 
1.42 
1.35 
1.87 
1.74 
1.78 
1.48 
1.56 
1.37 
1.23 
1.9S 
1.51 
1.64 
1.43 
1.52 
1.83 
1.71 
1.64 
1.29. 
1.21 
1.37 
1.06 
1.44 
1.1b 
1.36 
1.07 
1.40 
1.15 
1.18 
1.21 



BATTING RECOKD. 

Batting Record. — Continued. 



03 



m 



NAME. 



Radford... /L. 

< Baldwin...*:.. 

< Crowley ,..»/.. 
( Poorinan .x/".. 

Pffffer....ir.. 

Buflinton...»<. 

Johnston...,!. 

Williamson. V. 

Whitney. ..»*:. 

1 Carroll •.. 

\ Radboarne../!. 
(Donnelly.. VfL 

Fogarty \/C. 

Dealey kC 

Ward •<".. 

( Force yC... 

) Morrill, ..vT.. 

Denny \sT.. 

Wood vi.. 

Dines V.. 

JPurcell. ...<... 
Manning.. i/T.. 
M'Cormick.r^ 
Clarkson ..isT.. 
Gilligan...vr:. 

Quinn »«t. . . 

Getzein . . . */T. . 

< Phillips...*-... 
1 Flint Yfy. 

Sweeney.. jr"C. 
( Farrell ...*Z.. 

•1 Daily K\.. 

( Welch. ...K... 

Myers. . . . .a*-/. . 

Myers vf. . . 

I Boyle yr.. 

1 llornunjj . .rrT. 

Stearns .../v. 
(Briody....*^.. 
(Quest....*?;.. 

Shaffer......... 

M'Cauiey. ..;.. 
j Clements...}.'.. 
I Crane tf~... 

■McG uire. . . VT. 

Galvin tfl. 

Whiteley ..•.. 
I Gunning. .;<.. 
\ Uackett, W.D. 
J Hackett, M. M. 
I McCarthy. 



CLUB. 



Providence 

Detroit 

Buffalo 

Boston 

Chicago 

Boston 

H 

Chicago 

Boston 

Providence 

ft 

Detroit 

Philadelphia. . 

Boston 

New York 

Buffalo 

Boston 

Providence 

Buffalo 

Bos. and Prov. 

Boston 

Bos. and Det. . 
Prov. and Chi. 

Chicago 

Providence.... 

St. Louie 

Detroit 

(4 

Chicago 

St. Loais 

Providence. ... 
Philadelphia.. 

New York 

Buffalo 

Philadelphia. . 

St. Louis 

Boston 

Buffalo 

St. Louis 

Detroit 

St. Louis 

Chi. and Buffalo 
Philadelphia 

Detroit 

it 

Buffalo 

Boston 

, " '.'.'.'.'.'. 
ty»" 



10 



« 



0.52 
0.38 
0.31 
0.80 
0.80 
0.31 
0.65 
0.77 
0.48 
0.59 
0.52 
0.43 
0.44 
0.52 
0.64 
0.28 
0.66 
0.48 
0.35 
0.73 
0.42 
0.47 

o:m 

0.47 
0.64 
0.27 
0.23 
0.89 
0.40 
0.38 
0.40 
0.44 
0.60 
0.44 
0.26 
0.33 
0.56 
0.23 

0.2: 

0.43 
0.43 
0.18 
0.27 
0.33 
0.32 
0.43 
0.4: 
0.35 
0.22 
0.27 
0.40 



.242 
.241 
.241 
.241 
.240 
.230 
.238 
.238 
.231 
.232 
.232 
.232 
.231 
.230 
.226 
.225 
.225 
.223 
.221 
.220 
.218 
.218 
.218 
.215 
.214 
.212 
.211 
.208 
.208 
.207 
.206 
.206 
.206 
.205 
.204 
.201 
.201 
.200 
.195 
.195 
.194 
.193 
.191 
.191 
.190 
.186 
.185 
.184 
.184 
.182 
.182 



1.04 
1.35 
1.09 
1.32 
1.35 

24 
1.57 
1.22 

13 

13 
1.09 
1.10 
1.06 
1.14 
1.12 
0.91 
1.18 
1.24 

03 
1.13 
1.04 
1.19 
1.27 
1.80 
0.97 
0.87 
0.82 
1.03 
1.00 
0.87 
0.97 

08 
0.98 
0.87 
1.00 
0.91 
1.28 
0.96 
0.88 
0.85 
0.92 
0.81 
1.07 
0.98 
0.91 
1.06 
0.94 
0.73 
74 
0.90 
0.72 



68 



BATTING KECOKD. 



Batting Record. — Continued. 











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a 


3 






9 

a 

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NAME 




CLUB. 




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so 

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M 


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0) 

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a 
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31 


6 
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H 

E 

47 


h 
Hi 

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3 

o 
Ei 

50 


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< 




( CasUns.. 
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V 




70 


262 


0.71 


10 


^. 




59 


218 


•16 


U.25 


39 


.179 


43 


o.rt 






Philadelphia... 


39 


141 


12 


0.30 


25 


.177 


26 


0.66 


.1 


.£, 


Detroit 


22 


79 


9 


0.40 


14 


.1'.7 


20 


0.90 


n 




Philadelphia... 


33 


126 


15 


0.45 


21 


.168 


26 


0.78 


73 




' 




104 


389 


63 


0.60 


65 


,16V 


980 94 


74 


Sutcliffe. 


f" 


Chi. and St. L.. 


as 


91 


7 


0.27 


15 


.164 


19 


0.73 






New York 


46 
58 


166 
216 


20 
20 


0.43 
0.34 


27 
35 


.162 
.162 


35 
45 


0.76 


'.b 






o.w 


TK 






si 
Providence .... 


16 
25 
43 


62 
81 
153 


8 

8 
7 


0.50 
0.32 
0.16 


10 
13 
24 


.it;i 

.160 
.156 


13 
13 
SI 


0.81 


77 




0.52 


7H 






0.72 


TO 








112 


399 


43 


0.38 


62 


.155 


78 


U.69 


HO 








29 
81 
45 
48 
15 
39 


104 
285 
169 
165 
54 
131 


8 
21 
18 
17 
8 
B 


0.27 
0.25 
0.40 
0.35 
0.20 
0.12 


lb 
41 
24 
22 
7 
16 


.153 
.143 

'.m 

.129 
.122 


19 
52 

30 

23 

8 

16 


0.65 


61 






0.64 


B8 

flil 




1) 66 


Providence 


0.47 






0.53 


RK 








0.41 


Be 








29 


90 


7 0.24 


10 .111 


18 0.62 



LEAGUE FIELDING AVERAGES. 



FIELDING AVERAGES 

Of Players who have taken part in fifteen or more championship games, 
SEASON OF 1885. 




FIRST BASEMEN. 



NAME. 



McKinnon. 

McQuery... 
i Brouihers.. 
I Conner 

Farrar 

Start 

Morrill 

Scott 

Bufflnton.. 

Anson. 



CLUB. 



St. Lonis 

Detroit 

Buffalo 

New York 

Philadelphia. 
Providence... 

Boston , 

Detroit 

Beaton 

Chicago 



1102 
707 
996 
1178 
1153 
1088 
953 
394 
159 
1253 



1153 
753 
1047 
1251 
1225 
1102 
1015 
■120 
167 
1849 



Bri 



.978 
.976 
.975- 
.975- 
.974 
.971 
.989 
.967 
964 
.957 



SECOND BASEMEN. 



1 




St. Louis . 

Boston 

it 


100 


314 


374 
48 
134 
352 
197 
169 
194 
123 
122 
50 
391 
287 
134 
67 


49 
9 
21 
65 
38 
35 
39 
23 
26 
11 
86 
61 
33 
18 


737 
113 
254 
731 
414 
867 
391 
230 
255 
103 
802 

55; 

280 
141 


933 


V 




17 
45 

112 
68 
49 
67 
39 
39 
20 

109 
93 
42 
22 


56 

99 
314 
179 
163 
158 

84 
107 

42 
325 
201 
113 

56 


9/n 


3 




917 


4 




.911 


K 




Detroit 


.908 


A 


( Farrell 


Buffalo 


904 






900 


V 


it 


.900 


R 




898 


9 


Hackett, W. H 

Pfeffer 


893 


10 




892 


11 
1? 




Philadelphia 


.884 

88" 


13 






.872 



THIRD BASEMEN. 



1 






21 
21 
111 
98 
84 
67 
90 
83 
18 
55 
106 
31 
18 


15 
27 
113 
118 
111 
82 
132 
128 
24 
73 
144 
33 
20 


43 

50 

258 

198 

159 

139 

168 

157 

27 

102 

201 

64 

37 


3 
6 
45 
41) 
85 
29 
43 
43 
8 
31 
62 
19 
19 


61 

83 
416 
356 
305 
250 
843 
828 

59 
206 
407 
116 

76 




f 




927 


8 
4 


White 




.891 
887 


f, 


Caskine 


885 


6 




884 


7 




.874 


fl 




.868 


o 






.864 


10 

11 

1" 




Philadelphia 


.849 
.817 
.836 


13 




Detroit 


750 




03 LEAGUE FIELDING AVERAGES CONTINUED. 

SHORT STOPS. 



NAME. 



Glasscock. 

i Bassett 

| Force 

Ward 

Bastian 

Sutton 

Phillips 

Irwin 

Wise 

Radford 

Bums 

Que-t 

Rowe 

Hackett, W. II 

Stearns 

Halpin , 

Manning.... ■ 

I Knight 

] Lewis 

Richardson... 

Gillespie.... . 

Fogarty 

O'Rouike 

Boyle 

Andrews 

Ilornung 

Shaffer 

Rowe 

Dorgan 

Richardson... 

Manning 

Manning.... . 

Whitney 

1 Thompson 

1 Wood 

I Carroll 

Goe 

Dalrymple 

Quinn 

j Crowley 

) Seery 

Kelly 

I'oorman 

McCarthy 

ilines 

Hanlon , 

Lillie 



CLUB. 



St. Lonis 

Providence 

Buffalo 

New York 

Philadelphia 

Boston 

Detroit 

Providence 

Boston 

Providence 

Chicago 

Detroit 

Buffalo 

Boston 

Buffalo 

Detroit 

liopton and Detroit . . 

FIELDERS 

Providence 

St. Louis 

New York 

u 

Philadelphia 

New \'ork 

St. Losis 

Philadelphia 

Boston 

St. Louis 

it 

New York 

Buffalo 

Boston and Detroit . . 

Philadelphia 

Boston 

Detroit 

Providence 

Chicago 

(i 

St. Louis 

Buffalo 

St. Louis 

Chicago 

Boston 

Providence 

Detroit 

Buffalo 







in 




CD 
X 

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"a 


■a 

at 


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Ph 


9 


< 


to 


0- 

a 


a 


CD 

a 


2 
% 


e> 


•A 


H 


U 


109 


150 


397 


50 


21 


29 


75 


10 


23 


28 


«li 


-9 


in 


167 


350 


55 


104 


164 


337 


62 


15 


12 


50 


fi 


33 


35 


120 


21 


58 


70 


2011 


40 


79 


135 


2T0 


67 


10 


13 


43 


10 


111 


ir,i 


370 


96 


15 


10 


4ti 


11 


64 


71 


186 


51 


15 


17 


36 


11 


18 


33 


4fi 


17 


15 


13 


5!) 


17 


21 


is 


52 


20 



g>2 



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.917 
.912 
.912 
.1103 
889 
885 



176 .880 



874 
858 
848 
.814 
.835 
.831 
.828 
.821 



9 
10 
11 
12 
13 

u 

15 

16 

17 
18 

19 

20 
21 

2a 

23 

21 
25 
26 



24 


39 


6 


2 


47 


45 


71 


18 


4 


93 


18 


35 


3 


2 


40 


102 


133 


12 


9 


154 


89 


227 


26 


16 


26J 


112 


162 


10 


11 


183 


28 


62 


2 


5 


«9 


98 


175 


11 


16 


202 


25 


a: 


1 


3 


37 


69 


106 


28 


12 


146 


16 


28 


1 


3 


82 


B7 


142 


11 


16 


169 


46 


120 


A 


14 


140 


81 


164 


21 


21 


206 


107 


134 


21 


18 


173 


17 


31 


2 


4 


37 


61 


84 


24 


14 


122 


70 


112 


11 


16 


139 


101 


207 


10 


28 


245 


109 


201 


17 


29 


250 


113 


180 


16 


27 


:.'.:! 


55 


H3 


8 


13 


101 


92 


152 


8 


23 


183 


58 


95 


1« 


16 


127 


67 


95 


29 


19 


143 


55 


82 


9 


14 


105 


40 


69 


8 


12 


89 


92 


199 


18 


34 


251 


105 


220 


19 


38 


277 


108 


183 


23 


33 


239 



.957 
.957 
.950 
.941 
.940 
.939 
.927 
.920 
919 
.917 
.906 
.905 
.900 
.893 
.896 
.891 
.885 
.883 
.885 
.881 

.srs 

.875 
.874 
.874 



865 

.864 
86J 
,861 



LEAGUE FIELDING AVERAGES — CONTINUED. 



09 



Fielders' Averages — Continued. 



NAME. 



Dorgau . . 
Bennett.. 
Kadford . . 
Johnston 
Purcell. . . 
Sweeney . 
Sunday.. 
Myers. . . . 
Whitely.. 
Buffinton 



CLUB. 



Detroit 

Providence 

Boston 

it 

St. Louis'.'.. 
Chicago*.., 
Buffalo.... 
BoBton 





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s 


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s 


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3 


(5 


'A 


H 


E 


fc-l 


39 


55 


5 


10 


70 


19 


10 


8 


8 


14 


87 


141 


so 


29 


19fi 


26 


40 


H 





57 


21 


19 


8 


4 


25 


3H 


62 


5 


14 


81 


42 


46 


« 


11 


63 


8(1 


Sfl 


1 


8 


45 


32 


42 


8 


14 


64 


IB 


21 


1 


8 


30 



a< 



Oh 

.857 
.857 
.852 
.842 
.840 
.827 
825 
.822 
.781 
.733 



CATCHERS' AVERAGES. 











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M 


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■A 


H 
87 


s-h 
38 


Oh 

18 


H 

490 


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1 




Detroit 


6:1 


347 


.885 


2 






31 
22 
67 
60 
51 
27 
33 
32 


249 
121 
856 


53 

30 

100 


26 
13 
36 
39 
25 
22 
27 
27 


21 
18 

41 
40 
44 
23 
30 
26 


348 
178 
533 
518 
430 
249 
304 
267 


.864 


3 




.859 


4 






.855 


5 


(i 


337 102 


.847 







281 
162 
191 
175 


80 
43 
53 
39 


.839 


7 




.819 


8 


Hackett, M, M . 




818 


9 




801 


10 






62 


305 


84 


57 


40 


486 


.800 


11 


Briody 




59 
69 


213 

305 


83 
95 


39 
45 


44 
57 


409 
502 


.797 , 


18 




.796 


13 


Dally 




4? 


820 


70 


41 


37 


368 


.788 


11 


Gunning 




48 


252 


OS 


45 


46 


411 


.718 


15 


1 Kelly 


Philadelphia 


41 


181 


47 


28 


44 


300 


.760 


10 




33 
34 

as 


146 
14.-I 
ISO 


61 
31 
00 


30 
28 
57 


86 
30 
34 


276 
237 
331 


.760 




755 


17 




Philadelphia 


.725 


is 




Chi. and Buffalo.. 


81 


96 


40 


17 


37 


190 


,715 


1!) 


Sutcliffe 


Chi. and St. Louis 


SB 


109 


26 


84 


37 


196 


.688 



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74 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 



Note. — The following- matter is published by order of the Board of 
Arbitration, created by, and acting under the National Agreement of Pro- 
fessional Base Ball Clubs, consisting of delegaies representing the Na- 
tional League, and the American Association of Base Ball Clubs. 

They include the National Agreement as adopted at a Joint Convention 
of the said National League and American Association, held in the city of 
New York, on the 17th day of October, a. d. 1SS5; the Articles of Qualified 
Admission to the National Agreement, and Regulations of the Board of 
Arbitration. 

N. E. YOUNG, 
C. II. BYRNE, Secretary. Chairman. 

Feb. 1$, 1SS6. 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT OF PROFES- 
SIONAL BASE BALL ASSOCIATIONS. 



THIS AGREEMENT, made between the Association known and 
designated as the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, of the 
one part, and the Association known and designated as the American Asso- 
ciation of Base Ba 1 Clubs, of the other part, witnesseth, that, 

First — This document shall be entitled the National Agreement, and 
shall supersede and be a substitute for all other agreements, similarly or 
otherwise designated, heretofore subsisting between the parties hereto. 

Second— No contract shall be made for the services of any player by 
any Club member of either party hereto for a longer period than seven 
months, beginning April first, and terminating Octooer thirty-first, find no 
such contract for services to be rendered after the expiration of the current 
year shall be made prior to the twentieth day of October of such year, nor 
shall any negotiation be entered into by or between any Club or agent 
thereof, and any player, for services to be rendered in an ensuing year, 
prior to the said twentieth of October. 

Every contract shall be forwarded within ten days after its execution, 
to the Secretary of the Association of which the contracting Club is a mem- 
ber, for registry and approval, who shall forthwith notify the Secretary of 
the other Association party hereto, and the other Ciub members of his 
Association. 

Third — When a player under contract by any club member of any party 
hereto, is expelled, blacklisted, or suspended, in accordance with its rules, 
by such party hereto, notice of such disqualification shall be served upon 
the Secretary of the other Association party hereto, by the Secretary of. the 
Association from whose Club such plaver shall have been thus disqua.ified; 
and the Secretary of such other Assocfation shall forthwith serve notice of 
such disqualification upon the Club members of such other Association, 
and from the receipt of such notice, all Club members of the parties 
hereto, shall be debarred from employing or playing with, or against, such 
disqualified player, until the period of disqualification shall have termin- 
ated or the disqualification be revoked by the Association from which such 
player was disqualified, and due notice of such revocation served upon 
the Secretary of the other Association, and by him upon his respective 
Clubs. 

Fourth — Immediately upon the execution of this agreement, the Secre- 
tary of each Association parly hereto, shall transmit to the Secretary of the 
other Association party hereto, a complete list of all players then under 
contract, and all who were, on 'August 24, 1SS5, under contract with the 
several Club members, and shall annually, on the 10th day of October, send 
a similar list of players then under contract with the several Club members 
of such Association, and such players, together with all others hereafter to 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 75 

be lawfully contracted with by such Club members, are and shall be ineligi* 
ble to contract with any Club "member of the Association party hereto, ex- 
cept as hereinafter prescribed. Provided, Tnal the number of players so 
rendered ineligible shall not, at the time of sending any such list, exceed 
twelve for each of said Club members. 

Fifth — Upon the release of the player from contract with any Club 
member of either Association parly hereto, the services of such player shall 
at once be subject to the acceptance of the other Clubs ot such Association, 
expressed in writing to the Secretary thereof, for a period of ten days after 
noticebf said release, and thert after if said services dc not soacceptcd, said 
player may negotiate and contract with any other Club. The Secretary of 
such Association shall send notice to the Secretary of the other Association 
of said player's release on the date thereof, and of said acceptance of his 
services at'or before the expiration of the ten days aforesaid. 

Sixth — No Club not a member of either Association party hereto, on 
the date of the execution of this agreement, shall be entitled to member- 
ship in either Association party hereto, from any city or town in which, on 
that date, any Club member of either Association party hereto was located, 
Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit any 
Club member of either Association party hereto, from resigning its mem- 
bership in such Association, and being admitted to membership in the 
other Association, with all rights and privileges conferred by this agree- 
ment. 

Seventh— -No game shall be played between any Club member of either 
Association party hereto, and any other Club ihat presents in its nine any 
player rendered ineligible by this agreement. Provided, That in case the 
Club employing such ineligible player shall discharge him from its service, 
Clubs of the Associations, parties hereto, may thereafter play against such 
Club. 

Eighih^-yio Club shall pay to any of its players for one season's servi- 
ces a salary in excess of two thousand dollars, nor shall any Club employ- 
ing a player for any portion of the season pay said player for his services 
at a rate 'in excess of said maximum salary, nor advance payment for such 
services prior to the first day of April in any year, except a sum of money 
in the month of March sufficient to pay for the transportation of such 
player from his domicile to the city where such Club is located. Provided, 
That any player to whom the provisions of this agreement applies who-e 
services are required by any Club member of the Associations parties 
hereto shall be entitled to receive for said services at least one thousand 
dollars. 

Ninth—A Board of Arbitration, consisting of three duly accredited 
representatives from each of the Associations parties hereto, shall convene 
as soon as practicable after the execution of this Agreement, at a place 
mutually to be arranged, and shall organize by the election of a Chairman, 
Secretary, and such other officers and committees as to them shall seem 
meet and proper. They may make, and from time to time revoke, alter and 
repeal all necessary rules and regulations not inconsistent with this Agree- 
ment or with the Constitution of either Association, for their meetings, 
procedure and the general transac ion of their business. Their member- 
ship of said Hoard shall be detcrm nable at the pleasure of their respective 
appointing Associations upon duly certified notice thereof. A quorum shall 
consist of at leasttwo representatives from each Association, and all ques- 
tions shall be voted upon separately by the respective delegations, and no 
such changes or additions shall be made unless concurred in by a majoritv 
of the delegates of each Association. 

Tenth— In addition to all matters that may be specially referred to them 
by both of the Associations, parties hereto, the said Board shall have sole, 
exclusive and final jurisdiction of all disputes and complaints arising under, 
and all interpretations of this Agreement. They shall also, in the interests 
of harmony and peace, arbitrate upon and decide all differences and disputes 



7G 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 



arising between the Associations upon parties hereto, and between a Club 
member of one and a Club member of the other Association purty hereto. 
Provided that nothing; in this Agreement shall be construed as giving* author- 
ity to said Board to pass upon, alter, amend or modify any section or any 
part of section of the Constitution of either Association party hereto. 

In testimony whereof, the said Associations, parties hereto have, by 
their respective Presidents, affixed their signatures this seventeenth dav of 
October, a. e>. 1SS5. 

N. E. YOUNG, 
President of the National League of Professional B. B. Clubs. 

n. d. Mcknight, 

President of the American Association of B. B. Clubs. 



ARTICLES OF QUALIFIED ADMISSION TO THE NATIONAL 
AGREEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL ASSOCIATIONS. 

The parties of the rirst part being the parties to the National Agree- 
ment of Professional B-se Hall Associations i,viz.: the National League of 
Professional Buse Ball Clubs, and the American Association of Base BaH 
Clubs), and the parties of the second part being such eligible professional 
or semi-professional Associations of Base Ball Chilis as shall duly author- 
ize their Presidents to sign this Agreement, and whose Pn sidents do sign 
this Agreementin pursuance to said authority, do hereby agree, each with 
the other, in consideration of the mutual advantages and protections to be 
derived therefrom, as follows: 

I. Each A-sociation constituting one of the parties of the second part, 
when it shall have signed this agreement, in pursuance to authority given 
ils President in accordance with the provisions herein, shall be, and each 
of them is, 1 creby given and afforded the following protection and quali- 
fied admission to the National Agreement of Professional Base Ball Asso- 
ciations, and this in lie'* of all previous contracts made by the parties to 
the National Agreement of Professional Base Ball Associations, with the 
said parties of the second part, or any of them. 

II. On or before the first day of January of each year the Secretary of 
each Association which is a party of the second part shall forward to the 
Secretary of each Association party of the first part, the names of any and 
all playerS then under contract who have signed such contracts on or after 
the first day of November then next preceding, with any of the Clubs, mem- 
bers of the said Associations, p .rties o the second part, Jind from and after 
the receipt of such notice, ami of notice of all subsequent contracts Irom 
said Secretaries, any and all players so reported as being under contract 
witii any of the Chios, members of the Associations, parties of the second 
part, shall be ineligible 10 contract with either of the parties to the National 
Agreement until the 20th day of October then next ensuing. 

III. Any p'ayer who has entered into a contract to play With any 
Club, member of any Association, parties of the second part, and who 
shall be blacklisted by such Club or Association, for breach of contract, 
or breach of anvof the rules of such Association, shall be ineligible to 
sign or play with anv of the Clubs, members of either of the Associa- 
tions, parlies to the National Agreement, until such disability shall have 
been removed, and he shall have been reinstated by the Association which 
blacklisted him. 

IV. Any player under contract or reservation, or who shall be ex- 
pelled, blacklisted or suspended by either of the parties t3 the National 
Agreement, shall be ineligible to sign or play with any of the Clubs, mem- 
bers of the Associations, parties of the second part herein, and any Club 
who shall knowingly play any such player, either in their Club, or who 
shall play against any other Club who has such a player in their nine, 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 



77 



shall be dismissed from membership by the Association of which it is a 
member, or said Association shall forfeit all rights under this Agree- 
ment. 

V. Before any Ciub member of any Association, a party of the second 
part, shall contract with a player for an ensuing- seasun, the party of the 
second part of which such Club is or maybe a member, shall enact laws 
or regulations debarring such Club from 'entering into such ( ontract with 
such player while under arrears to him on account of his contract for the 
current season, also debarring such Club from expelling, or otherwise 
attempting to disqualify a player for refusing to contract with it. Each 
Association, party of the second part, shall also, at its next legislative 
meeting, enact laws providing for the expulsion of any Club member for 
refusal to pay arrears of salary to a player when thereto required by the 
Board of Directors of said Association, "party of the second part, or said 
Association shall forfeit all right under this agreement. 

VI. In lieu of active membership in the Board of Arbitration it is 
expressly sti u'ated that in any case coming before said Hoard involving 
the forfeiture of anv rights or privileges of any Association party of the 
second part, or any Club member thereof, the Secretary of the said. Hoard 
shall notify such Association in writing, and on demand of said party of 
the second part, said Board shall grant it a hearing on the trial of the case, 
and no adverse verdict shall be rendered by said Board p gainst such Asso- 
ciation party of the second part, nor against any Club member thereof, un- 
less such notice be furnished and such hearing, if thereupon demanded, 
granted. 

VII. The Secretaries of the parties hereto shall from time to time 
furnish to each other the n lines of players blacklisted, expelled or sus- 
pended. 

VIII. It is understood and agreed by and between the parties hereto, 
that any controversy between Associations, or I ctween Clubs of different 
Associations parties to this agreement, as to any matter or matters herein 
mentioned, or mentioned in the National Agreement, shall be determined 
by the Board of Arbitration w ithout regard to any law or regulation of any 
party hereto, that may be in conflict therewith. 

IX. Each Association, parties of the second part, shall pay to the 
Secretary of the Hoard of Arbitration as annual dues, the sum of $50,011 or 
before tlie first day of April in each year during their qualified member- 
ship under this agreement. 

X. All contracts or agreements heretofore made between the parties 
hereto, are hereby declared null and void. 

REGULATIONS OF THE BOARD OK ARBITRATION. 

I. The officers of the Board shall be a Chairman and a Secretary who 
shall also be Treasurer, who shall be elected at the regular meeting 
of th.- Hoard to be held in December each year. The term of each officer 
shall be one year, or until his successor shall have been elected and quali- 
fied, provided that any vacancy occurring by resignation or disqualifica- 
tion during the said term shall be filled by a majority vote of the Hoard, 
which vole may be taken by correspondence. 

II. It shall be the duty of the Chairman of the Board of Arbitration 
to preside at all meetings, and he shall call special meetings when he may 
deem it necessary, or when thereto requested by half of the members 
thereof. All inquiries as to the interpretation of any provision of the 
National Agreement, or of anv agreement supplementary thereto, should 
be addressed to, and answered by the Chairman of the Board. 

III. The Secretary shall have the custody of all official records and 
papers of the Board, shall keep a record of all its meetings, and shall 
issue all official notices. All applications for admission to the benefits of 



78 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 



the National Agreement should be addressed to, and answered by the 
Secretary of the Board of Arbitration. 

IV. The regular meeting of the Board of Arbitration shall be held 
on the Tuesday previous to tne second \V\ dnesday in December of each 
year, at such place as the Chairman shall direct. 

Adopted by unanimous vote of the Hoard of Arbitration, December S, 
1885. 

THE BOARD OF ARBITRATION, 1SS6. 

N. E. Young (National League), Chairman. 

P. O. Box 556, Washington, D. C. 

C. II. Byrne (Am'n Association), Sec. and Treas., 

Fifth Av. and Fourth St., Brooklyn, N. V. 

John B. Day (National League), 

121 Maiden Lane, New York City. 
Wm. A. Nimick (Am'n Association), 

21 Ross St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 
ZaCH Phelps (Am'n Association), 

341 Fifth St., Louisville, Ky. 
John I. Rogers (National League), 

13S South Sixth St., Philadelphia, Pa. 



ASSOCIATIONS IDENTIFIED WITH THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT, 
FEB. 15, 18S6. — THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF PROFES- 
SIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS. 

N. E. YOUNG, Pres. and Sec, P. O. Box 536, Washington, D. C. 

Boston, Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Chicago, 111. ; Detroit, Detroit, Mich.; 
New York, New York; Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. ; St. Louis, St. 
Louis, Mo.; Washington, Washington, D. C; Kansas Citv, Kansas City, 
Mo. 

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIAT.ON OF BASE BALL CLUBS. 
II. D. McKNIGIIT, Pres. and Sec, Lewis Block, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Athletic, Philadelphia, Pa.; Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.; Brooklyn, 
Brooklyn, N. Y.; Cincinnati, Cincinnati, O.; Louisville, Louisville, Ky.; 
Metropolitan, New York, N. Y.; Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.; St. Louis, 
St, Louis, Mo. 

THE EASTERN LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS. 

GEO. M. BALLARD, Pres. and Sec, 753 Broad St., Newark, N. J. 

Newark, Newark, N. J,: Jersey City, Jersey City, N.J.; Waterbury, 
Waterbury, Ct.; Hartford, Hartford, Ct. 

THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE OF BASE BALL CLUBS. 

A. PROUDFIT, President, Macon, Ga, 
W. R. BROWN. Secretary, Atlanta, Ga. 

Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga, : Augusta, Augusta, Ga. ; Charleston, Charles- 
ton, S. C. ; Chattarooga, Chattanooga, Tenn. ; Macon, Macon, Ga. ; Nash- 
ville, Nashville, Tenn.; Savannah, Sav nnah, Ga. ; Memphis, Memphis. 
Tenn. 



THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 79 

THE N. Y. STATE LEAGUE OF PEOFESSIONAL BASE BALL 
CLUBS. 

GEORGE G. CAMPBELL, President, Syracuse, N. Y. 
C. D. WHITE, Secretary,. Utica, N. Y. 

Binsrhamton, Binsfhamton, N. Y.; Rochester, Rochester, N Y.; 
Utica, Utica, N. Y.; Syracuse, Sy acute, N. Y.; Oswego, Oswego, X. Y. 

THE NEW ENGLAND LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL 
■ CLUBS. 

\VM. H. MOODY, Preside/it, Haverhill, Mass. 
PARRY C. WIGGIN, Sec. and Treas., Lawrence, Mass. 

Brockton, Brockton, Mass.; Boston, Boston, Mass.; Haverhill, Haver- 
hill, Mass.; Lawrence, Lawrence, Mass.; Newburyport, Newburyport, 
Mass.; Portland, Portland, Me. 





No. 1.— Spalding's Official League Ball, as adopted by 
the National 1-oague for iSV>; each ball wrapped in 
tin foil, and put up in :i separate rox as represented To Clubs, 

in the above illustration, and soiled in accordance Each. Per doz. 
with the latest League regulations. Warranted to 
last a full game without ripping or losing its elastic- 
ityorshape. Mailed upon receipt of price $15° $rS °0 












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